About Me

So this is the place where I'm supposed to tell you all about me – who I am and why I'm doing this.

Instead, I want to tell you a story.

Back in 1974, I smoked my very first cigarette. I did it for all the usual reasons: I wanted to look cool. I wanted to be independent. I wanted to seem grown up. I wanted my friends (or in this case, my cousins) to like me.

It was horrible, of course. I barely managed to suppress the coughing fit as the smoke traveled down into my lungs, and I'm sure I failed miserably at looking ‘cool' as I turned green from the unaccustomed dose of smoke and nicotine.

But practice makes perfect…

Fast-forward a couple of decades: By 1994 I'd smoked off-and-on for 20+ years. I'd tried quitting more ways than I could count on my fingers and my toes.

And I was two years into a Ph.D. program for research psychology.

Physician, heal thyself!

OK, I'm not a physician, but as a psychologist I was learning things that were clearly relevant to the task at hand: Eliminating the psychological aspects of the addiction that had brought me back to smoking after quitting repeatedly, sometimes for more than a year.

So I did what I believe we're supposed to do with science: I applied the principles to my own circumstances. And I did quit, one last time.


Some Facts About Me

Deanna Sykes


But enough about me.  If you haven't already, feel free to sign up for my free mini-course. Or if you're ready, learn more about my complete step-by-step system for quitting.

May you live with vitality, to shine your unique light on the world.

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