A Tale of Two American Idol Runners Up – The Affirmation Spot for Wednesday January 20, 2010

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This is interesting. Each day I receive Google alerts on the topic of affirmations. I like to keep up-to-date on writing, research, and news in the field.

Today there was an article from US Magazine where former American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee shared that affirmations have not helped her in her battle with Bulimia and depression. The article right beneath it in my Google alerts was a blog about Idol runner-up Adam Lambert. He mentioned, on his recent visit to the Oprah Show, that he regularly uses affirmations to exude positivity in his life.

So what gives? There are people in the “positive thinking movement” (if there really is such a thing) who might say that McPhee is doing something wrong. She must not be applying the principles correctly. Those kinds of statements are nonsense.

The fact is that affirmations work for many, many people to improve various areas of their lives and their feelings about themselves. However, they don’t work for everyone or in every situation.

They are one tool among several that people can use to improve their thinking, relax, and enjoy greater happiness. Prayer, meditation, therapy, a good support system, exercise, helping others, and (in extreme cases) medication may all help as well.

Affirmations are powerful tool for thought replacement. That’s what they’re good at. Taking a cycling negative thought you have and replacing with a positive thought. Affirmations may work for someone in one situation and not another.

Affirmations have helped me improve numerous areas in my own life, but there is one area that they have not helped me achieve my goals. So I appreciate that they are not always the right tool.

Abraham Maslow famously said, “If you the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”

Every situation and every person is not the same. For some people, affirmations are the end all and be all. For others, they may have to be augmented with other tools.

How can you know if affirmations will work for you and your situation? The same as with all the other tools – try them.

Three Keys to Successfully Using Affirmations:

  1. Repeat – you’ve had the negative thoughts or circumstances you’re trying to overcome for some time in your life. Saying a couple of affirmations once or twice is not going to overcome them. You must give your positive thoughts equal time – time to work.
  2. Believe – saying empty words that you don’t feel or don’t address an area of your life you’re ready to improve is worthless. You must repeat your affirmations often and you must work to believe that what you’re saying is true for you. There will be moments and days when you don’t believe. That’s OK. Don’t give up. Affirmations only succeed when you break through that initial resistance.
  3. Act – I’ve often said that affirmations without action to follow them are just wishful thinking. Saying you want to be a great tennis player to yourself will never happen if you never pick up the racket and hit the court.

May affirmations or some other method bring you all the peace, joy, and prosperity you deserve today.

Stay inspired!


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Ray Davis - The Affirmation Spot

I am the Founder of The Affirmation Spot, author of Annuanki Awakening, and co-founder of 6 Sense Media. My latest books are the Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation (Book 1 of a trilogy) and The Power to Be You: 417 Daily Thoughts and Affirmations for Empowerment. I have written prolifically on the topics of personal development and human potential for many years. By day, I write sales training for Fortune 100 company. I began studying affirmations and positive thinking after a life-threatening illness at 25. My thirst for self-improvement led him to read the writings of Joseph Campbell, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Neale Donald Walsch, and many other luminaries in the fields of mythology and motivation. Over time, I have melded these ideas into my own philosophy on self-development. I have written, recorded, and used affirmations and other tools throughout that time to improve my own life and I have a passion for helping other reach for their goals and dreams. Ray holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Secondary Education in Social Studies from University of Kansas. He lives in Framingham, MA with his wife and his black lab, Mia.

2 thoughts on “A Tale of Two American Idol Runners Up – The Affirmation Spot for Wednesday January 20, 2010”

  1. Greetings Ray!

    You’ve hit the proverbial nail on the head here. Everything does not work for everybody. As you mentioned, affirmations – like meditation and other positive practices – are simply tools.

    Saying an affirmation without putting it into practice is akin to needing kindling and staring at the tree before you (it’s not just going to come to you). What’s the point? All the affirming in the world will not make you into a better person if you do not take steps to manifest the person you desire to be.

    This was a good read Ray; thanks for sharing.


  2. great read, Ray! I totally agree… some tools work for some folks, some simply don’t resonate, and that’s perfectly okay. The trick is to find the most resonant tools for us, so that we can take the inspired actions necessary to improve, enhance and better our lives and our circumstances. Tools aren’t magic wands… we still have to “do the work”, but finding the right tools for us can make that work a lot more playful. 🙂

    Keep up the great work.


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