Kicking the Habit

Years ago, I read one of Anthony Robbin’s books. In it, he discussed helping people quit smoking. He told them that they should tell themselves over and over. “I’m a non-smoker. I never smoke!” He said… “Say this to yourself every time you are lighting up and taking that first wonderful drag of smoke.”

He said that one day you will say this to yourself, and something inside of you will say, “Then why is that thing on fire in your hand?”

He said… You will quit smoking without even trying.

Years later, I realized that I was drinking my 6th cup of coffee at 2 am in the morning while singing in a bar.

I had created a habit of drinking coffee all night while I was working.

Wanting to stop this habit, I used Tony’s Technique, and I began saying to myself. “I don’t drink coffee. I never drink coffee. I don’t even like coffee.”

I said it every time I drank coffee. Even that first wonderful delicious sip in the morning.

Within a few days, I suddenly realized that I was craving tea instead of coffee. I was able to start drinking water and enjoying tea in the morning instead of coffee.

I gave up coffee for YEARS! I drink coffee now, but it is one or two cups a day instead of pot after pot of it.

I have also used this technique to stop craving sugar, as well as stopping playing video games!

I still eat sugar and drink coffee, but it is in much smaller quantities. I don’t play video games anymore, which is something because I loved them, and I was good at them!!

If you have a habit that you are trying to stop, try telling yourself you never do that, even when you are doing it and loving every moment of it.

Here is a Court of Atonement statement to help get you started.

I, _______ place myself, __________ into a Full Court of Atonement for the purpose of knowing what patterns and habits are good for me and which ones I would do well to be rid of. I ask myself to remind myself of talking myself out of it.

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I am your average everyday mother of 3 with now 3 grandkids. I am also a singer/songwriter performing in country clubs and dinner houses. But behind all of this, there is the ability to listen deeper into my own thoughts and hear where the good ideas are actually coming from. It's the same place that I came from... God
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