Set realistic goals
Don’t say you are going to quit smoking in the next year if that is not something you are willing to do. Don’t follow others and remember that you need to set goals which are realistic and achievable. Setting unrealistic goals only leads to disappointment later on.
Give yourself milestones to follow
Saying that you will quit smoking in the next year is more of a wish than a goal or a resolution. If you are truly serious about achieving this, you need to give yourself small milestones to work towards. For instance, if you are really bent on giving up smoking, you might want to start with reducing your current cigarettes by fifty percent within the next 2 months. Once you have done that, you can then work on reducing the other 50 percent over the next couple of months. This way you will have small victories and milestones along the way which will keep you motivated.
Keep track of progress
Setting a resolution, working on it occasionally and not keeping track of any progress is a sure-shot recipe for failure. In order to realize your goals you need to remind yourself of what you need to do and appreciate what you have achieved along the way. Keeping all this in mind, it is essential that you keep track of your progress. This can be done by maintaining a notebook or a chart and recording your weight for instance every week or the number of cigarettes smoked.
Tell your friends and family about your goals
Sharing your goals works to your benefit in two main ways. Firstly you can seek the help of your friends and family members in the completion of those goals and secondly, by telling them about your goals you are effectively committing to them. If you now fail at achieving those goals, you won’t just disappoint yourself but the people close to you will also be disappointed by your lack of effort or dedication.