To Smoke Or Not To Smoke?

by | Jul 30, 2020 | Public Speaking | 66 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.

66 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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      • Jyoti

        Thanku for the article. It is really a tough task for oneself to quit something that has become a part of your life and doing that in itself is courageous. Though i have never tried a cigarette but still i can understand how it feels when u r into it and someone asks u to quit. But it is not possible to quit till the time that person himself or herself decides this on his or her own.
        Thanku for your guidance dear sir.

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    • Naresh Chalwadi

      Thanks for Sharing

      Thank god i am far away from Smoking

      Reply
  2. Pavan kumar tripathi

    Nice article πŸ‘ to teach @ quitting smoking and @ sticking to ur decision .

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    • dilip deepak

      praveen..your every action and word is ideal to me.

      Reply
    • Baby Rajendran

      Simply suuperb! I just love the way you have dealt a problem to success.Many thanks for inspiring me in many ways.
      Couldn’t actively participate in the speak and grow community as my mom passed away recently and I am with deep grief.Overcoming however.
      Sorry and thank you.

      Reply
  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Dr vikram patil

    Sticking to our decisions .. and working on its impacts every moment gives confidence ..I have this habit around 50percent.. I want make for 100percent ..
    Great day .. I m loving ur clarity words

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  6. 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 πŸ™‚

      Reply
  7. Haresh Tinna

    Basically drinking tea also bad habit. But I hardly have seen people saying I will quit drinking tea. Taking that decision.

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    • 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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    • Neena Singh

      Hi
      I never smoked and I never understood what is so good about smoking. My father smoked and brother too smoked, but it never made sense to me. The only thing I can understand is, it is addictive so people with less will-power are unable to quit.

      Reply
  8. 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 πŸ™‚

      Reply
  9. C.Raghava Rao

    Bad is always attractive. So, also smoking. But when you realise that it is not good for your health, quitting requires lot of confidence in yourself. Once you start replacing a good habit in place of old one. The new good habit make you to quit the bad habit. It is will power.

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    • Praveen Wadalkar

      Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts πŸ™‚

      Reply
  10. 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 πŸ™‚

      Reply
  11. Vishwajitsinh Dukare

    Nice sir

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  12. krlingam

    Great its another way of looking at a situation, bringing out the positive even in a negative situation. thanks for the new perspective. i have left smoking and drinking for past 19 yrs now.

    Reply
  13. 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 πŸ™‚

      Reply
  14. 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 πŸ™‚ Keep speaking, Keep growing!

      Reply
  15. Faizan Elahi

    Good evening Praveen sir,
    I agree with you.

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  16. Prabhat Ranjan

    I took decision to change my nature of job as well as place in the same company but suffering a lot of hardships due to outbreak of Covid -19.But practicing the value of sticking to my decision every moment.Decision made is decision made.

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  17. 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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  18. Praveen Wadalkar

    Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts πŸ™‚

    Reply
  19. Dr Prashant J Vaishya

    Dear pravinbhai,
    Wow nice article.i used to smoke for 10 years and I quitted it before 10 months.but before 1month due to some circumstances I started it again.but now I have an opportunity as you said
    Now onwards I stick to my decision.

    Thanks for inspire and motivate us
    Regards,

    Dr Prashant

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    • Praveen Wadalkar

      Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts πŸ™‚

      Reply
  20. Pankaj Bharti

    I took this decision 6 years back. It has changed my life in many ways.
    I’m also helping others to quit.

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  21. Sonalika

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

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    • Praveen Wadalkar

      Thanks for reading and sharing your feedback πŸ™‚

      Reply
  22. Ashok Thakur

    Sir, I have already joined your courses. They are really wonderful and in great details. Above way of inspiring and challenging people to quit smoking looks perfect. I have many friends who smoke. Will try on them. Though, I myself don’t drink tea or coffee or cigarettes because very early in life I realised that people get addicted to these things and then can’t do without them. So, I never started them.
    I felt good to read your message today as I felt I already have this habit to decide what I have to follow and what not.
    Just regret that never took public speaking seriously.
    But now happy that I have joined your online classes. Trying to improve myself now as I have little kids also and I realise I can transfer my knowledge about this important skill to them from the beginning of their academic life.
    Thanks and regards.

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    • Praveen Wadalkar

      Thanks a lot for sharing your kind words of appreciation. Means a lot πŸ™‚

      Reply
  23. SreenVoss ChandrGiri

    Very good and useful Article..
    Certainly I try this πŸ‘

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  24. BIRANCHI NARAYAN DASH

    The first 2 lines of this tipic is interesting, even the perosn doesn’t want to quite smoking he will surely read this and of course he will follow as it it will ingress to the mind.

    Its a mindblowing topic , I am realy glad to read.
    Thank uou sir for such wonderful thoughts.

    Reply
  25. 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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  26. Arvind Mothaliya

    Thank you Pravin wadalkar sir
    Sir , while talking about smoking habit you wonderfully persuaded the most important power of taking decision to do something great in everybody’s life
    Sir I am fan of you and I like your simple way of talking, that stile of talking and body language really inspired me. I also improved my stile of talking and whenever I feel something low I start watching your videos and get very much confidence.
    I have also purchased your courses which help me wonderfully.
    Thank you so much sir.

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    • Praveen Wadalkar

      Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts πŸ™‚

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      • Baby Rajendran

        Simply suuperb! I just love the way you have dealt a problem to success.Many thanks for inspiring me in many ways.
        Couldn’t actively participate in the speak and grow community as my mom passed away recently and I am with deep grief.Overcoming however.
        Sorry and thank you.

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        • Praveen Wadalkar

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

          Reply
  27. Jyoti Singh

    Very fruitful discussion,great….

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    • Praveen Wadalkar

      Thanks for reading and sharing your feedback πŸ™‚

      Reply
  28. Girish Kumar Sarangi

    Dear Sir, after joining the speak and grow school and listened your three hour marathon class I have joined your 21 days programme. You have mailed many stories but this story you have composed in a different way. The story was started in a normal way describing your own experiences of life. Gradually, turned towards ethical values, how to make decision and how to develop habits. A story with high moral value to learn. Congratulations with regards.

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    • Praveen Wadalkar

      Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts πŸ™‚

      Reply
  29. Cynthia Fernandes

    This is so deep. Thanks Praveen for enlightening. Although, You have written it for Tobacco day but it is applicable in every situation of our life. You have been able to present it well. Stay Blessed!

    Reply
  30. 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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