This is an example of using the 4 Plus 1 Questions Tool in my own goal to stop smoking:
- What have you tried? Cutting down on the number of cigarettes I smoke and replacing some cigarettes with an NRT inhalator
- What have you learned? I do not need to smoke as many cigarettes as I do and nothing bad happens when I don’t smoke for a prolonged period of time.
- What are you pleased about? That I am beginning to genuinely believe that I can actually stop smoking
- What are you concerned about? That I continue to smoke some cigarettes even though I know that they are not useful or good for me.
What next? Continue to try and reduce the number of cigarettes I smoke with the aim of going a whole day without a cigarette next month.
From this exercise I have learned that my process of cutting down the number of cigarettes I smoke is working and giving me more self-confident that I could stop smoking completely, however it has not worked in allowing me to stop smoking yet.