Sadly, most New Year’s Resolutions don’t survive the month of January. Vaping resolutions fall victim to this tragic phenomena. Cheat days, lapses, unexpected stressors, and peer pressures drive us back to our old ways, often sooner than we’d like. If you really want to stick to your New Year’s Resolution this year, here’s what you need to do:
1. Be as specific as possible.
You have to name it to claim it. If your resolution is vague, it’s doomed to fail. “Cutting back” is a very loose goal, with tons of room to fail. You need to establish a metric for accounting your progress, success, and failures.
If you want to switch away from traditional cigarettes completely for your vaping resolution, be ready to use a numeric model. If you’re absolutist, and want a traditional cigarette-free year, write it down, in no uncertain terms! If you want to reduce your nicotine level, name where you want to be by January 1, 2018.
If this resolution is truly important to you, as it probably should be, write it in big, bold letters, someplace you’re sure to see. The mirror in the bathroom is a fine place for a sharpied post-it note.
2. Stick to a schedule.
Now that you’ve defined your resolution, it’s time to get organized. You might want to buy a calendar, if you’re old-fashioned. There are tons of productivity and scheduling apps for smart phones, spreadsheets for desktop computers, and fit-bits for behavior modification.
Once that schedule exists, make sure you stick to it! There is an added satisfaction for writing giant X’s over every day you’ve accomplished your goal. It’s a physical and visual reinforcement tool that helps keep you on target!
3. It’s not all-or-nothing.
We’re all humans. Sometimes temptation gets the best of us. The best way to botch a resolution is to throw up your hands at the first lapse, and give up on the entire resolution. Think of your vaping resolution as a journey. There’s nothing wrong with taking things a little slower, and easing into a resolution. Absolutism very rarely gets anything accomplished, and sometimes we have to make a few compromises.
If you mess up, get back on that horse!
4. Maintenance is key.
To achieve a long-term goal, you need to affirm yourself anew, and regularly. Whether it’s every day, every week, every month, or every year, you need to assess your progress. Make adjustments when needed, and get a feel for what is truly sustainable.
If you lose inspiration and momentum on a resolution, it’s your responsibility to get it back. Recharge, reassess, and recommit. Over and over again.
5. Find expertise and support.
Chances are, someone’s had your resolution before. How many people have pledged to lose weight, quit traditional cigarettes, and work out? Forums are a great place to read the trials and tribulations of those who share your resolution. There are support groups for obscure topics. Find a sense of community, and you’ll have a far greater chance of sticking to your resolution. It might be as simple as finding a vaping buddy.
I sincerely hope this list helps your achieve your vaping resolution. If you’ve already switched to vaping completely, maybe this list will help you achieve other New Year’s resolutions.
If you have any tips for those looking to quit traditional cigarettes, please include them in the comments below! We can foster a sense of community, right here on this blog!