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New Year's Eve has always been a time
for looking back to the past, and more im-
portantly, forward to the coming year. It's
a time to re ect on the changes we want or need
to make and resolve to follow through on those
Bad habits that keep you from reaching opti-
mal health, such as smoking, drinking or overeat-
ing don't have to follow you into the New Year.
However, if you don't want these habits hanging
around for another 12 months, you must prepare
yourself psychologically. No matter how stub-
born a habit you've developed, there are ways to
break those negative patterns and keep healthy
resolutions throughout the New Year. e trick is
to keep everything in perspective.
Focus on realistic goals with measurable re-
Break things down into small steps that you
For example, instead of trying to lose 10 kilos,
you should focus on losing one kilo at a time. Cre-
ate bite-sized jobs for yourself that you'll be able
to accomplish. If your goal is too big, you'll feel
defeated before you even get started. When de-
ciding on your New Year's resolutions, it is easy
to get swept up in hopeful yearning. But, a er
the initial rush of New Year's celebration fades
and reality sets in, your ambitions can once again
e key to achieving even your most biggest
goals is to get started immediately.
Action precedes motivation, not the other way
"Instead of waiting for inspiration to act on
your goals, you need to take action rst and inspi-
ration will follow," says hypnotherapist and NLP
(Neuro Linguistic Programmer) Tim ornton.
"Your initial action doesn't have to be anything
big. Just by putting on your sneakers and hop-
ping on the treadmill for 10 minutes, you will
make that energy you are 'waiting' for materialise.
Once you initiate an action - even the smallest of
actions -you pick up momentum and you realise,
'Hey, this isn't so bad,' and it becomes a lot easier
to keep moving for ward and to stay motivated,"
If your resolution is to quit smoking, ornton
o ers a hypnotherapy ser vice in Sydney's North
Sydney, o ering assistance for all kinds of issues
such as tackling depression to building self con -
dence, but he specialises in getting people to quit
"It's very interesting for me to understand how
and why people get stuck in negative habits and
patterns," says Tim "And I always feel a sense of
achievement when I know that I've helped an-
other person beat the pernicious and deadly habit
Unlike those nicotine patches or chewing
gums, Thornton offers his clients an iron clad
guarantee that they will kick the habit forever.
"I guarantee that if you ever do go back to
smoking, for what ever reason, I will see you
again at no extra cost. I can make this bold
claim and guarantee only because I'm confi-
dent that my therapy works for most smokers
who sincerely want to quit their pernicious
habit and are willing to take full responsibil-
ity and commitment in doing so," says Tim.
"My system makes it so easy, that after only 60
minutes you will be a non- smoker. You will
know this for your self at the end of the ses-
"You won't have regrets, cravings & or feel-
ings of loss. You will be satis ed and happy that
you have achieved your goal, a goal that the ma-
jority of smokers unfortunately only wish for."
More info: quit-smoking.net.au or call 1300 660 575
Thank you for smoking
The allure of a cigarette wrapped
up in art. By Jillian Eugenios
Smoking isn't all bad. After all, the tobacco companies have
brought us decades of beautiful advertisements that are
as sexy as they are sexist. The ads themselves are both a
study in morality and contemporary art, and are the nest
legacy of the tobacco companies (as opposed to their
contribution to the degeneration of society's health).
At rst, women were depicted as the admirers of
smoking men. About sixty years ago it was terribly sexy to
blow smoke in a woman's face. She'd follow you anywhere
after that, like a cartoon character following the aroma of
a freshly baked pie. "Lead women around by the nose,"
was a popular campaign by Flying Dutchman tobacco in
When women began appearing in ads on their own,
it was to sell tobacco products to other women. Beautiful
women were featured in the campaigns, suggesting that
allure could be found by smoking. Some of the most frame-
worthy ads are from the 1950s and 60s, which feature pin-
ups checking out cigarettes or puf ng away in the most
seductive poses... Were tobacco companies one of the rst
industries to sell women pleasure? There's a Chester eld
ad from the 1960s that depicts a women in fur lounging in
a chair, considering if she should smoke or not. She says,
"I really don't know if I should smoke...but my brothers
and my sweetheart smoke, and it does give me a lot of
pleasure. Women began to smoke, they tell me, just about
the time they began to vote."
This isn't completely untrue. In 1929, a PR man sent
a group of models to march in the New York City Easter
Parade. He told the press a group of women's rights
activists would light "torches of freedom." On his signal, the
models lit Lucky Strike cigarettes in front of photographers.
The following day The New York Times printed this
headline: "Group of Girls Puff at Cigarettes as a Gesture of
So began the cigarette as a symbol of emancipation and
equality with men. A most ironic symbol indeed, as it also
brings addiction and health complications with it.
According to Virginia Slims in 1968, "You've come a long
way, baby." Have we? Our torches of freedom have given
us lung cancer. Something tells me we'll go even further
without them, cute pin-up girls notwithstanding.
Break the habit
Give nicotine the boot with the help of hypnosis
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