To Smoke Or Not To Smoke?

by | Jul 30, 2020 | Public Speaking | 45 comments


Oh, you don’t become a smoker when you smoke for the first time. Because the first time you just take one cigarette from your friends, one or two puffs, give it back. You become the smoker when you buy your cigarette for the first time you spend money to buy it. 

My First Cigarette

I remember buying my first cigarette when I was in 12th standard and I smoked for 15 years and then I quit 4 years back. 

No, no I’m not going to ask you to quit smoking in case if you are smoking neither I’m going to tell you the benefits of quitting smoking.

No, no, no, no. But what I’m going to share with you is in case if you or your friends or your loved one, if you all are smoking, you are lucky. 

Big Opportunity

You are very fortunate because you’re sitting on a very big opportunity. Opportunity, if you grab that opportunity, you can change your life. I grabbed it approximately four years back and it has added significant value in my life. 

How? 

Well as a smoker, one day you will decide to quit smoking and after that decision, every moment you have an opportunity to practice the most important value of life. 

One value which can differentiate success and failure and that value is the ability to stick to our decisions. 

Because when you will quit smoking after that every day, every month, every week, you will feel like I will start and then you will say, no I will not start smoking because it’s my decision. And the simple white pin paper cannot challenge or cannot change my decision. And then you practice this for days, for months, for years. And when you practice this, it becomes your habit. 

Decision Making Rocks

It becomes your value and then whenever you take any decision in your personal life, professional life, you stick to it because practicing that, I’ve practiced this since the last four years. When I look back to my life in the last four to five years, I have taken many decisions, quitting jobs, starting business, I stick to it. 

Decided to write my first book, I stick to it. 

Decided to climb 17,000 feet, I stick to it. 

Decided to complete my half marathon in less than two hours, I stick to it. 

I took the decision, stick to it because I’m practicing that. 

If you are a smoker, you’re lucky because even you will get that unfortunately, to practice the most important value of your life. 

Decide!

Sticking to your decision. 

Congratulations, if you are a smoker.

45 Comments

  1. Raja

    Praveen, Am your speak and grow student.
    your videos help’s me to speak well in front of others.

    Am feeling happy because am not a smoker.
    I just tried one or two puffs from a friend but still, I never spend some money to buy a cigarette.

    hope, I never addicted to it and never smoke again!

    Thanks.

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  2. Rajeev Ranjan Yadav

    Sir, great thought with self confidence. Thanks, no I am not smoker but I had take it last month now quit.

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  3. RAJESH

    Thank you Praveen. You are a true inspiration and a wonderful human being. People like me are in our own shell thinking nothing else but ourselves and dreadfully agonizing at every negative turn in life without understanding WHY. But here you are – with a message that forces me to self introspect. Thank you once again.

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  4. Sashikala Charles

    Good message! Important to take these crucial decisions at the right time and stay with the decision taken.
    Speaking specifically about smoking, it’s impact can affect you after decades! Seeing this at closer quarters makes you want to tell the world to stop smoking. However, I guess each individual has to take this vital decision to quit smoking on their own. Kudos to all who take that crucial decision and have the will power to stay with it.

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    • Praveen Wadalkar

      Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts 🙂

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  5. Syeda Rana Nikhat

    Sticking to one’s own decisions takes lot of courage and strong will power.and if one succeed in sticking it will boost confidence.

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    • Praveen Wadalkar

      Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts 🙂

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  6. Subi TS

    In addition to learning the skills in public speaking, you also motivated us to build a Good relationship which aims to become always happy and get rid of bad habits. Your topic selection is “SUPERB “. Sticking to our all decisions.
    Thank u

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    • Praveen Wadalkar

      Thanks for your kind words of appreciation 🙂

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  7. Rahul Kolte

    Amazing message praveen. I am not a smoker but sticking to your own decision is always difficult at first but rewarding at the end. !!

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  8. Vishwajitsinh Dukare

    Nice sir

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  9. srinivasa

    Hi Praveen,

    Nice Article. I had also gone through this phase earlier and it takes courage to quit smoking.

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    • Praveen Wadalkar

      Thank you for reading and sharing your feedback 🙂

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  10. Simran Naik

    Thank you Praveen…..I am your SPEAK AND GROW student.
    Your workshops are always motivational…and i am trying my best to inculcate that in my profession as I am a school teacher.
    So keep up the good work of inspiring people …..Stay blessed.

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    • Praveen Wadalkar

      Happy to have you in the family 🙂 Keep speaking, Keep growing!

      Reply
  11. Praveen Wadalkar

    Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts 🙂

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  12. Veenu Sachdev

    As well read smoking is injurious to health,but can it be positive . Somehow I agree with you do it in a control manner rather than harming it can give you a time to be with yourself ,time to take decision ,time for discussion and take important decisions.But still say addiction is bad so go for it and conquer your world.

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  13. Praveen Wadalkar

    Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts 🙂

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  14. Sonalika

    Inspiring msg …thanks for sharing— stick to our decisions….

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    • Praveen Wadalkar

      Thanks for reading and sharing your feedback 🙂

      Reply
  15. SreenVoss ChandrGiri

    Very good and useful Article..
    Certainly I try this 👍

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  16. Shraddha Anilkumar

    Smoking is bad and bad think people learn early no need to teach them when it affect health than decide to leave.This movement is difficult when you decide and stick to follow than only you will win so be confident

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  17. Praveen Wadalkar

    Thanks a lot for sharing your kind words of appreciation. Means a lot 🙂

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  18. Praveen Wadalkar

    Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts 🙂

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    • Praveen Wadalkar

      We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Stay strong.

      Reply
  19. Praveen Wadalkar

    Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts 🙂

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  20. Praveen Wadalkar

    Thanks for reading and sharing your feedback 🙂

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  21. Praveen Wadalkar

    Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts 🙂

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  22. Vani

    Praveen, All your articles, Training are excellent and very inspirational.

    I will get some kind of confidence, energy when I read your articles.

    Reply

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