When we promise someone that we will not smoke cigarettes, even if we promise them not to smoke for a limited amount of time, any amount of time, we give them authority over us.
Using the time limit program which gives us control over our own timelines frees us from the pressure of authority or the need to conform to predefined parameters for success and failure, someone else’s predefined parameters for success and failure.
When we keep feeding the monkey on our back the monkey will grow wilder, the less we feed the monkey the wilder it gets. There is no way out, the monkey is not rational.
There is a strong theoretical basis for the theory of original sin, if we are willing to see original sin not as a physical act, rather, a symbolic act. Original sin is thus: Once a sin has been committed, other sins will surely follow, the damn has been breached and Pandora’s Box is now wide open.
As we expand the time limit we are slowly breaking up the old routine, understanding it and replacing it with new habits, eventually we will replace it with healthy habits.
The reason why we start with low time limits and build up from there is to give the monkey time to adapt to being deprived of the smoking habit.