Roz Strategies May/June 2019

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Life’s Struggles Overcome Challenges by Changing Your Habits

I want to share a story about one of my personal struggles. I’ve been smoking for a long time, except for a period in my 30s when I stopped for almost 10 years. Then I started back up again, first by smoking cigars on Saturday nights or at special events. Little by little, that led to cigarillos, which then led to full-blown cigarettes again. I’ve been smoking over half a pack a day for the last 20 years. Over the years, I’ve overcome some health challenges and quit some other bad habits. I passed a stress test, an EKG, and was given a clean bill of health. In fact, it wasn’t long ago that my doctor commented on how clean my lungs were! I figured I could keep smoking since everything else looked good. Then on NewYear’s Day, Roslyn said something to me that convinced me to get my act together. This really sunk in. I decided to quit cold turkey on Jan. 1, 2019. Unfortunately, I relapsed about 30 days later. But that’s okay, because I quit again on March 2, hopefully for good this time. Everyone deals with struggles in life, whether they’re personal challenges or obstacles in business. Maybe you’ve fallen off the wagon on your NewYear’s resolution to eat healthier or stop drinking—or maybe the newmarketing tactic you’re trying isn’t working. Slipping up or going backwards doesn’t mean it’s the end of the line. It’s an opportunity to re-examine your situation from the bottom up and look for ways to improve. When I quit this last time, it felt a lot better than my Jan. 1 quit date because I went in with a new plan. Instead of quitting cold turkey, I made a point to change my habits around smoking. Over the years, I developed smoking rituals, like grabbing a cigarette after a meal or smoking while having my morning coffee. Now I’ve changed up my habits so my daily routine doesn’t remind me of smoking. “What?” she asked. “Are you waiting for the doctor to tell you you’re sick and it’s too late to do anything?”

my desk drawer. When I quit again in March, I threw them out and started chewing nicotine gum to help me get through the rough days. I feel like this time, I’m really going to kick the habit. Don’t get me wrong; it’s still been really hard. But I feel like I’m going to be able to stick with it in the long run because I started at the bottom and changed my habits to achieve my

“It is so important to remember that if you slip up, you should not throw it all away and just give up.”

goal. What if I slip up and find myself buying another pack in a fewmonths? Yes, that will be disappointing, but it’s not the end of the line. As they say, it’s “one day at a time.” It is so important to remember that if you slip up, you should not throw it all away and just give up. You can start again. That’s what I’m doing. Just because you don’t overcome some challenge on the first try doesn’t mean you’ve failed. Success takes time. When things don’t work out, take a step back. Ask yourself, “Why didn’t this work?” and“What do I need to do so it works next time?”Then put your plan into action and commit to changing for the better.

We all have struggles in our personal lives and in business. You’re going to stumble, and that’s okay. The great thing about life is that you can try again— as long and you stay committed and don’t give up.

I’m also more committed to changing this time. When I tried to quit in January, I had packs of cigarettes and cigarillos sitting in

–Michael Rozbruch

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