Becoming a non-smoker, the easy way.

Do you smoke? Have you ever thought about becoming a non-smoker?

When people talk about changing a habit they often talk about giving something up. As in ‘I’m trying to give up smoking’. However the language we use when trying to achieve a goal is crucial as it has an effect on our unconscious attitude to what we are doing.

Giving something up suggests a sacrifice of some sort. It hints at missing out on something and can also be linked with failure – ‘it’s too hard, I’m giving up’. Why not give yourself the best possible chance of success and focus on what you will gain instead. Whether you want to become a non-smoker for financial or health benefits or for something else entirely keep your attention on what you will get out of it.

Did you know that you could save upto £2,000.00 per year if you currently smoke 20 a day? What could you do with that money? Think about it in terms of something you want, for example a holiday, or an iPad, having a goal can keep you focussed on the end game.

If you want to become a non-smoker for health reasons then you will reap the benefits much faster than you may have previously realised.


After just 20 minutes your blood pressure and pulse will return to normal. After 24 hours carbon monoxide will be eliminated from your body and your lungs will begin to clear out the tar that’s been clogging them. The nicotine would have left your body after just 48 hours and both your sense of smell and taste will already have improved.

This coupled with the longer term health benefits such as cutting your risk of heart failure or lung cancer in half all within 5-10 years are such significant gains that focussing on just one of them can improve the chances of your success. Cognitive hypnotherapy can help keep you motivated towards your goal and provide additional support to help you achieve your non-smoker status so don’t put it off any longer why not give us a call?

A letter to yourself


If you had the ability to travel back to a moment in your life and give your younger self some advice, guidance or reassurance what age would you go back to and what would you say?

When we are young we tend to judge our experiences in terms of absolutes – black or white, good or bad, right or wrong. So for example we win or lose a race. As we grow we gain the ability to experience life in shades of grey. So we may be able to appreciate that although we didn’t come first in the race, we were running with people with more experience, we achieved a personal best or that coming third out of 40 people is something to be proud of.

However some of the judgements we make as children remain fixed and they can affect us. Giving your younger self the gift of an adult perspective can significantly alter your experience. This forms the basis of one of the techniques that we use in therapy and is very successful. Letting go of limiting beliefs or absolutes enables greater flexibility to view yourself in a positive way and that can only be a good thing.

Why not have a look at for some inspiration and for some interesting ideas and then have a go yourself without restricting yourself to your teenage years!



There is no failure, only feedback

Thomas Edison Tested Over 3000 Filaments before He Came Up With His Version of a Practical Light Bulb.

Imagine if you really believed that you could not fail. Any time you didn’t achieve your expected results you saw it as an opportunity to try again and learn from the experience. What would you do that you currently don’t?

“If we all did the things we are really capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves” – Thomas Edison

No Failure Only Feedback

We negatively label results that don’t meet our original aims as failures, but how much more useful would it be to view them as useful  feedback that will enable us to improve? What would you try if you could not fail?

“Results? Why, man, I have gotten lots of results! If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is often a step forward” – Thomas Edison

If we constantly think in terms of failure or having failed then the chances are that we will not try again or push ourselves to achieve something in the future. It becomes scary and also has a negative effect on our self esteem and confidence. Failure is negative. Feedback on the other hand is positive. It is guidance, it allows us to make mistakes and to gather more information so that we can overcome obstacles and remain on the right path towards achieving our outcome.

If we become used to believing that there is no such a thing as failure and accept instead that we will get useful feedback that keeps us on the road to success then success will be achieved and we will cease to fail. So why not take a leaf from Edison’s book and see what a difference it can make to you!

“Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do in the first place doesn’t mean it’s useless” Thomas Edison

Read more at Sunray: “Negative Self Talk and how to challenge it”