In this day and age it is easier to label everything. It seems as everything has to be put into a box by labelling it. Not only do we have people labelling us but we label ourselves. As with everything in life there is a benefit and a drawback of being labelled.
When you are labelled something your actions in life reflect the label. If you have labelled yourself as a smoker then you think like a smoker and act like a smoker. If you are fulfilling this label then it becomes more difficult to quit smoking. You may not want to quit smoking and if this is the case then the label feels comfortable. If however you do want to give up smoking the label feels uncomfortable and can even lead to feelings of guilt.
When you quit smoking it is wise to change your thinking along with your label. By quitting you change your label to a non-smoker or permanent non-smoker. Just by doing this you change you’re thinking. Your change in thinking results in you looking at your old habit in a totally different way. You become comfortable with the new label and in a short while cease to think of yourself as a smoker.
Be careful of labels especially when they come from other people, including those of the medical profession. Look at the labels carefully, are you really depressed or are you just unbalanced in your outlook. Instead of taking on board what others say, question it to see if it fits.

About Steve Gardiner

Stephen Gardiner originates from Rhodesia, (Zimbabwe) then working around the globe before finally settling in Brisbane Australia. As a scientist, Steve always had an interest in human development, especially Mind Plastisicity and how we cope with stress, anxiety and addictive behaviours. Over the past 15 years Steve has assisted many clients to transform their lives by resolving the obstacles holding them back.

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