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Mary Ella’s Weekly Message
September 17, 2012
Sticking to the Program
The FFS Online program and all of our Freedom From Smoking® products are based on years of research. Each lesson in each Module of FFS Online builds on the previous lessons and there’s a purpose behind each activity and assignment. The Message Boards and online tools that are available in the program have a purpose as well—to establish a support mechanism for participants to help each other through the process of becoming smokefree. Each part of the program is important and has its own purpose. Those who are most successful in the program follow the three rules of the program:
- Read all of the lessons in each Module.
- Try everything the program suggests.
- Give and receive support on the Message Boards.
If you join the program and skip lessons or Modules, you end up cheating yourself of valuable information and activities that will help cement your commitment to become and remain smokefree. If you join and read all lessons in every Module within just a day or two, you cheat yourself of taking the time to think through the activities and discuss them on the Message Boards. If you join and go through the lessons in each Module, complete all of the activities, but never go to the Message Boards or just lurk without posting, you cheat yourself of receiving valuable support when you might need it the most. More importantly, you cheat yourself of giving support which helps someone else, and in turn makes your commitment to stay smokefree that much stronger.
Think of each lesson, each activity, each Module and each post on the Message Boards as a brick that you have created. As you use those bricks to build a strong foundation with walls of support, you become stronger in your new, smokefree lifestyle. Each brick is important. If you leave out some of those bricks, the walls you build aren't as strong and could come crumbling down when a “storm” or stress comes into your life and hits against them. However, if you build your foundation with lots of bricks so it’s as strong as possible, you can withstand the storms and stresses of life and remain true to your goal of being smokefree!
If you work the program, the program will work for you! This week, build up your bricks by committing to these things:
- Follow the “rules” of the program.
- Respond to at least five posts on the Message Boards.
- Post at least three messages on the Message Boards.
I’ll see you on the Message Boards! :-) Mary Ella
Don’t forget: If you're in the Premium program and want help fast on the Message Boards, put "HELP NOW" in the subject line of your post. If you're looking to offer help, watch for those, "HELP NOW" posts and alert your other FFS Online buddies to offer some assistance as well.