How to be a quitter

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  • By Senior Airman Anthony Sanchelli
  • 39th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
When I was younger I was always told never to give up, to never be a quitter. I now find myself at odds with those statements.

Quitting smoking has been a long and strenuous process for me over the past few years. Between the stresses of everyday business combined with additional stressors from my impending separation from the military and the arrival of a newborn, the idea and task of quitting has become more difficult now that I've picked up the habit once again.

There are ways to help quit for those out there struggling like I am. There are a multitude of support groups and places, like the Health and Wellness Center, that provide classes to inform and assist with ending the use of tobacco products. But, more importantly, there are things any fellow "wannabe" quitters can do for themselves to help them in their struggle.

One of the most important is the willpower to keep trying. I can't begin to count the number of times I've "fallen off the wagon," but I know that if I just give up then I'll never really accomplish this goal. So if you find yourself in a situation where you are trying to quit smoking, or make a change in your life that is difficult, don't give up. Too many times people go back to habits they were able to kick for a time and think, "well I might as well not bother trying again." This mindset is counterproductive. Keep trying, even if at first you don't succeed.