Tips on How to Quit Smoking Weed & Stop Living Life in a Haze

While the debate over marijuana, legality, health benefits and negatives rages on there are many people who are in strife who care little for all these arguments because they are addicted to weed and what the masses decided about the drug matters little when your own personal life is falling apart due to addiction which is a separate point completely to all the others. If you are one of these people and are looking for tips on how to quit smoking weed then first I encourage you to shut out all of the pro and anti marijuana campaigners because your struggle is a personal one not just with marijuana but with a psychological addiction which only has tenuous links to the particular thing you are addicted to.

This does not mean that there are not specific things you need to know about marijuana in this but it all must center around your personal struggle and not all the side bullshit that goes on to do with pot. To quickly summarize what you may need to know about cannabis is this:

  • Marijuana is not physically addictive like other drugs that have chemicals in them that you can become dependent on, while you can suffer from withdrawal symptoms such as insomnia, vivid dreams, irritability, mild nausea and so forth by scientific measures pot is not a drug you can be physically dependent on.
  • Addiction is a mental disease that makes you believe you need something whether it be a drug or a behavior like gambling or sex. With Marijuana the mixed messages about the drug confuse people on what is addiction and what is dependence, if you are struggling to quit smoking weed you are addicted.
  • To confuse matters more many people who are dependent on a drug like heroin are also psychologically addicted in a double whammy that is terrible. This leads to a perception that pot is the same when it should be treated quite differently.

What this boils down to is that you CAN quit smoking weed but only if you treat this as a personal addiction that you can overcome by changing yourself and not blaming the drug first and foremost. This is not to lessen the deep pain, anxiety and helplessness that may come from living with an addiction at all nor is it to trivialize the task of climbing out of this pit of despair either as the demons of the mind are the cruelest and most punishing of all. These tips on how to quit smoking weed are just a way to set a framework you can use to realign the way you think which aids in the all important aspect of willpower which is the only real way to move beyond an addictive habit.

Quitting Smoking Pot is a Choice

Sounds obvious doesn’t it? However by choice what I mean is a carefully considered choice, a choice based on the knowledge of the benefits of quitting weed and the negatives of continuing to smoking pot. This is not a whim, a quickly drawn line in the sand or a spontaneous vow based on anger or fear or a whole host of emotions that have led to your initial acceptance that smoking marijuana is becoming hurtful to you. Choice is saying “I choose not to smoke pot” rather than saying “I love pot but I need to quit”. This may sound like a whole lot of useless semantics to many however it is a proven psychological technique that the WAY we say things and the WAY we think of things effects the outcomes because language dictates more than a simple meaning but a whole host of other desires, excuses, fears and connotations when structured poorly. So make a choice to quit smoking weed and make it an informed choice.

Action Vs Reaction

The writer Rita Mae Brown once said “A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.” and this should be a quote written down and emblazoned in your memory because this is not only good advice for life but also in the case of addiction. How often do you take action to smoke a bowl compared to as a reaction? How often is the ritual of smoking pot coming from a reaction to something: A bad day, a fight with your partner, an inconsolable sadness or rage. How often does it come from a seeming NEED to get high and zone out, a compulsion brought on my troubles or by habit compared to perhaps what it was like early on when it was exciting and fun. Those that tally up way more on the reaction scale may find the reason behind the need for their addiction from the troubles that beset them and realize that the drug is just an escape and the problems behind it are what really needs to be solved. Some may find it easier to work on the reason behind the need first and others may take heart that a deeper understanding of your personal demons can give you the strength to quit smoking weed which will allow you to face those challenges with a clearer head and more success. This is action, control of your own life rather than a reaction to compulsion and external influences which is reaction and as the quote said makes you a slave to it and to marijuana in turn.

Plan

As you may have guessed I am a fan of the written word and the practical application of words on paper may be paramount here. The choice to actively seek a solution to your problems and a change in your life to quit smoking pot will propel you forward but how to do this comes down to planning, goals and motivation. The catch 22 of this is that when you are an addict sticking with a plan and keeping motivation and goals can be difficult and a single bad day can feel mix up all of this in your head and suddenly a single smoke does not seem so evil, then another and suddenly a week has gone before you realize it and the self loathing sets in. STOP! That is the direction you do not want to take and you know it! This is where ink can be a help if not your salvation because a psychological addiction is something in your mind, if you keep all your plans in your mind it is bounds to be influences by the negative thoughts that will plague you so why would you want the pure and good new ideas being corrupted there. My advice is to write things down, write down all the bad things about smoking pot, write down all the good things that will come from being weed free, write down you plan of attack whether it be quitting cold turkey or gradually limiting your smoking down to none at all. Write it down and keep it because those words do not change no matter how much your demands mess with your mind your pledge taken at your most insightful and enlightened point will always be there to set you back on the track you know you want to be on.

Persistence Outweighs Performance

Some people may have an easy time when quitting a marijuana habit but others may not, there are so many variables in this mix it is impossible to predict but there is one truth to it and that is that the end outcome of being free of your addiction is worth more than any failures you have along the way. Most people who try to quit any addictive behavior do not do so on their first try, nor their second and many more beyond that often. This is disheartening and depressing but it does not need to be if you do not want it to be. Every time you fall, every time you give in, every time you blunder on your goal to giving up weed you learn something new about yourself and about the world and each of those experiences is ammunition for the next fight. Victory goes to those who persist and learn and adapt and survive so when you call your performance on quitting into question remember it is not how easy it is, it is if you make it in the end and if you maintain the drive despite the pitfalls that will ensure your success.

Living in the Philippines – Most Popular Beach Resort Retirement Areas of Foreigners

When it comes to retirement locations in the Philippines, one has many options – major urban cities, larger rural cities, beach resorts, mountain retreats. Each has its own unique and attractive features. The major advantage of retirement in a beach resort is are (i) exciting beach activities, (ii) ongoing “vacation” atmosphere, (iii) great entertainment and night life, (iv) continuous influx of foreign travelers, (v) numerous upscale hotels and related resort facilities, (vi) great airport accessibility, and (vi) yet small populations. In this category of retirement spots, the most popular are (i) Boracay Island, (ii) Mactan Island, (iii) Panglao Island, (iv) Subic Bay, (v) and Puerto Galera.

BORACAY ISLAND

This is the most famous of all the beach resort areas in the Philippines. There are many 5 star resorts on this island and numerous bars and restaurants owned by foreigners. The sand is some of the best in the whole world, and the night life is supreme. However, it is crowded and overdeveloped like Waikiki and Miami Beach. It has a small permanent population of around 15,000 but a large daily population of tourists from around the world. It attracts travelers of all sorts – international sophisticates, Manila urbanites getting away, serious water enthusiasts, backpackers, and late night party animals. The downside of Boracay is that housing costs tend to run on the high side, more like the costs of housing in Manila. However, for a retiree looking for beach resort action, Boracay Island is the place to be.

MACTAN ISLAND

This island is just adjacent to Cebu City, across a bridge, and in fact where the Cebu international and domestic airports are located. Like Boracay, Mactan too has sandy beaches, but not near the quality of those at Boracay. It also is packed with upscale 5 star hotels and resorts. Yet, whereas Boracay is more remote, accessibility is excellent and Mactan Island due to its proximity to Cebu. Additionally, there is a casino on Mactan Island for those who enjoy the addition of gambling to their retirement lifestyle.

Lliving on Mactan Island provides that resort atmosphere, due to all the resort hotels, yet it is close to great medical facilities and upscale shopping malls across the bridge in Cebu City. Housing costs are lower on Mactan than on Boracay.

PANGLAO ISLAND

This island is across a short bridge from the much larger island of Bohol, which is approximately a 1/12 hour fast-boat ferry ride from Cebu City, or a short airport ride from the Cebu domestic airport. Panglao Island has a population of around 60,000 and is generally associated with Alona Beach, a strip of resorts and dive centres on the southern side of the island. Diving is what draws tourists and retirees to Panglao Island.

There are many resorts and the cost of living is substantially less than on Mactan Island. On the down side of course is that the island is more remote and requires a boat or air trip to get to the medical and shopping facilities of Cebu City.

SUBIC BAY

This area has rapidly become a favorite retirement area, especially for retired US military personnel and for Koreans. Until 1992, Subic Bay was the base for the huge 7th Fleet of the US Navy. These days it is in the process of being remolded into a tax free foreign trade zone and a modern tourist destination. A modern new superhighway was completed in 2008 which has cut the travel time from Manila by an hour. This provides great access to all that Manila has to offer, yet permits retirement in a smaller resort oriented community with all that has to offer. The population is now in excess of 200,000. The presence of Koreans is largely due to the construction in 2006 in Subic Bay of a large Korean shipbuilding plant. Housing costs have risen considerably in 2008 and 2009, yet they are significantly below Manila costs. There are lots of retired military people living in this location.

PUERTO GALERA

Puerto Galera, located just a few hours drive south of Manila, has a small population of around 30,000, and is one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines. Divers especially visit there in droves. Diving is king at Puerto Galera, with drinking close second. Beaches are numerous, but they lack the real resort style white-sand. The area is known for its great diving and its great night life. Watering holes, music and all kinds of nightlife are everywhere in Puerto Galera. Cost of living and housing is on the low end in Puerto Galera, as compared to the other beach resort retirement areas.

How it is Possible to Make a Living and Earn $50K Or More Per Year Playing Craps

Are you dissatisfied with your job? Do you feel you should be earning more but do not know what to do? Let’s assume a person earns $25 per hour working 8 per hours per day. This equals $200 per day. Working 5 days per week equals $1,000 per week. Working 50 weeks per year (take two weeks off for vacation) equals $50,000 per year. Not a bad income for most people.

For argument sake, let’s assume I can make $25 per shooter playing craps. Taking it further, making $25 per shooter, betting on 8 shooters per day equals $200 per day. On average there will be approximately 15 shooters per hour at a craps table. In other words, you can make in one hour or less what a person earning $25 per hour makes in a day. Think about it for a moment.

Playing craps professionally requires you to avoid distractions, maintain mental discipline, adhere to precise rules and techniques, and to control your emotions. The greatest reward as a professional is the freedom to “work” your own hours and to be your own boss.

Playing craps as a business avoids typical problems and/or costs. For example, it requires no accountants, bookkeepers or attorneys to operate. You will have no collection problems with receivables, no inventory, no advertising, no “customers” and no employees, which means you do not need to contribute to employee benefits or taxes. Playing craps as a business requires no insurance, licenses, dues or registration. There are no “competitors” playing craps professionally. If anything, you have a commonality with other players at the craps table – – to take money from the casino, not each other. Caveat: Playing craps is gambling! There are no fool proof systems, strategies or methods. You will not get rich overnight. There will be times when you will lose money. How you handle these loses will determine if you will be successful or not. Success requires a lot of patience.

All of this sounds great right? Wrong. Here are some problems with the logic. First, unless you live in Las Vegas, Laughlin or Reno, Nevada you need to live in a geographical area where the local casinos operate craps tables. Phoenix, where I reside, does not. So there is a cost and expense to travel to Vegas to play craps.

Second, you will not win on every shooter. So you need to have a large enough bankroll to withstand some losses. An adequate bankroll is $2,500 of money you can afford to lose. Having an adequate bankroll is a must to ensure you have a proper psychological attitude. Herein is the problem because most people play not to lose instead of playing to win.

Third, the majority of people who play craps do not have the discipline to stick with a betting strategy or to be satisfied with earning $200 per day, let alone per hour. Greed has turned many winners into losers.

Fourth you need to have a betting strategy wherein you can make $25 on each shooter while minimizing your risk of loss. So you need to understand the basics of the game and then some. There are many different betting strategies that will allow you to win $25 on a shooter. Some are better than others.

If you are going to play craps to make a living treat it like a business. Operating any business requires operating capital. Most businesses fail if they are under funded or do not have a written business plan with specific objectives and how they will meet these objectives. Likewise, if you do not have a sufficient bankroll to play craps, you will fail. Also, if you do not have a written plan with specific goals and how you will achieve them, you will fail. If you do not understand these concepts, please do not risk any money attempting to earn a living playing at the casinos.

Several keys to help you succeed include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Stay at the craps table for short periods of time. Take breaks often to avoid getting tired. Longer stays at the table increases your exposure to potential loss.

2. No system is fool proof. Craps is a game of chance. You can and will lose money. You must maintain discipline and proper money management. You cannot get greedy playing craps. Set daily goals and adhere to those goals. If you win your daily goal, leave the casino. If you lose your daily limit, stop playing and leave the casino. The casino will still be there tomorrow.

3. NEVER GAMBLE WITH MONEY YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE EITHER EMOTIONALLY OR FINANCIALLY. NEVER BORROW MONEY TO GAMBLE.

4. Never gamble when you are depressed, unhappy, tired or not feeling well. You must be able to focus and concentrate on what you are doing.

5. Never increase your bets when you are losing.

6. Never drink alcohol or take drugs when playing craps. Again, you must be able to focus and concentrate on what you are doing at the tables.

7. Keep an eye on your bets and make sure the dealer has made the proper bets for you. If you call off your bets, make certain the dealer has used the “off” button to indicate so or has taken down your bets. Make certain the dealer has paid you correctly. If you do not catch the mistake in time, it may cause you to incur a substantial loss. Dealers are people, they make mistakes.

8. Treat dealers with respect and courtesy. Tip or “toke” dealers. You generosity will pay off in the long run. My experience has been that if you treat dealers with respect and courtesy and tip them they will watch out for you and they will take care of your bets.

These are only a few points to help you be successful. There are plenty more keys that will help you be successful.

There are many “professional” craps players. You do not generally hear about them because they are very quite about what they do for a living. They do not boast or brag. They do not draw attention to themselves. Most professional craps players are earning more than $50,000 per year. I have met them and I have played with them. The key word is that they are professionals who know what they are doing. So be careful. The entire point of this article is to make you aware that it is possible to make a living playing craps.

By: David Udjat, for Walk Away Craps

Day Trading for a Living – From Gambling to Trading

Having been an active trader for 20-plus years, I've had the opportunity to observe much more than your average investor.

For instance, one of the unusual things I've observed is that many traders come from a gambling background, and horse betting in particular. In fact, many years ago I worked at a race track and placed a few bets myself.

Why do horse betters frequently gravitate toward trading?

I think it's because there are certain aspects of trading that are more predictable than horse betting. A stock or an option or a currency pair can't break a leg or unexpectedly fall ill.

Plus, very few guys who play the horses make a full-time living at it. But there are many, many traders who enjoy a healthy part-time income – or even make a full-time living – from trading.

I believe this is because the odds of winning as a trader are far better than the odds of winning as a horse better.

Unfortunately, many ex-gamblers hold onto bad thinking patterns, what I call "the gambler's mindset." It's the mindset that you can roll the dice, or buy a lottery ticket, or pick a trifecta and suddenly win a fortune.

This kind of get-rich-quick thinking is hard to shake, and it keeps many traders from reaching their full potential.

The Danger of Gambling Psychology in Trading

If you trade like a gambler, you're bound to lose money. You'll make bad trades. You'll throw good money after bad. And eventually, you'll find yourself wondering where all your money went.

(Hint: Wall Street took you for a ride!)

Fortunately, there are a few simple mindset shifts that can turn your trading around, sometimes overnight.

Mindset Shift # 1: Don't Chase Trades; Let Them Come to You

Gambling produces some strange responses in people. If a gambler wins once, he's likely to keep gambling until he wins again … even if he loses a small fortune along the way. And if he loses, he's likely to keep gambling in an effort to "win back" what he lost – even if he continues losing.

These behaviors are not unique to gamblers; traders are guilty of doing the same exact things. If we win a trade, we try to force another winning trade – even if the second trade is doomed. And if we lose a trade, we try to quickly make back what we lost on the next trade.

This irrational behavior is caused in large part by our cultural conditioning. All of us are hard-wired to work 40 hours a week. If we work any less, we somehow feel that we don't deserve the money we're making. We believe we must "work hard" to earn a living.

This belief often carries over into trading, and so we "work hard at trading." We enter trades even when there aren't any good trades available. We trade for trading's sake. Then, when our poorly placed trades move against us, that gambler's fear of loss kicks in … and we begin making even more foolish decisions, which compounds our losses.

It doesn't take a genius to see where this behavior will lead. So here's a suggestion: Once you understand what makes a good trade versus a bad trade, let the good trades come to you.

One of the best ways to do this is to monitor just a handful of stocks, options, or currency pairs and become familiar with them. Over time, you'll understand the price movements better, and you'll be able to spot good trades more easily.

You don't have to trade every day or even every week to make a very good living as a trader. You only have to make a few good trades when the opportunities present themselves. In trading, patience is most definitely a virtue.

Mindset Shift # 2: Adopt a "Win Small" Approach to Trading

Gamblers-turned-traders are often looking to "hit the jackpot." They want to place one trade and be set for life.

But it doesn't work this way. It often takes scores of trades, even hundreds, to really build the kind of fortune your neighbors would envy.

With that in mind, it's much better to aim for small consistent wins. Small consistent wins are much more realistic. And compounded over time, small wins can add up to truly staggering numbers.

The best part is this: While you are focusing on small consistent wins, you'll be sure to experience some big wins as well, a natural byproduct of your "win small" strategy.

Mindset Shift # 3: You Don't Have to Win Every Trade

The last mindset shift – and possibly the most difficult of all – is to understand that you don't have to win every trade to make good money as a trader. In fact, losses should be expected and planned for.

The best fund managers, the best traders, and the best trading software all have this in common: Sometimes they lose money.

Ultimately, it's how you react to losing money that dictates whether you'll succeed over the long haul. Do you stick to your stops? Do you follow your money management rules?

You see, it's not how you do on a single trade that counts. It's how well you do over a series of trades. If you win 6 or 7 trades out of every 10, you could be doing quite well.

What's more, if you do a good job of limiting losses (a function of a solid exit strategy), then you may even be able to come out ahead if you only win half the time (five winning trades, five losing trades).

However, I understand that emotions can still run rampant in spite of your best efforts to control them. So after getting out of a losing trade, you might want to take a break for a day or two so you don't make any more bad trades during the depths of disappointment.

Change Your Mindset, Change Your Trading Account

The truth is, you trading account exact what's going on in the gray matter between your ears. So the next time you start wondering why you've been on a losing streak, or why your trading account is shrinking, take a moment to self-reflect.

Then remind yourself to:

• Wait for good trades

• Aim for small consistent wins

• Be okay with losing trades (so long as you limit your losses)

These small "mindset shifts" will help prevent you from trading like a gambler and get you trading like a real business person instead. Not to mention it will help you grow your trading account consistently over time.