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!

Ray

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Time of My Life – The Affirmation Spot for Monday June 15, 2009

Today’s affirmation is:

“Dreams…my dreams are coming true each and every day.” (click the affirmation to hear the mp3 version)

Since he won American Idol last year, David Cook’s song “Time of My Life” has been all over American radio. Have you ever really stopped and listened to the words of this wonderful song? What a powerful message!

Enjoy it and let’s all try to live it today!

Be peaceful, be prosperous!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

This year I am absolutely committed to be the person I came here to be!”

Archuleta Wins Battle of Davids on American Idol – The Affirmation Spot

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Today’s affirmation is:

“Follow dreams…my dreams are the fuel that powers my life. Today I choose to follow them.” (four times)

“Follow dreams…your dreams are the fuel that powers your life. Today you choose to follow them.”
(four times)

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Simon wanted it all season. The judges did everything they could to coax America to vote for it last week. Finally, the David vs. David showdown was reality last night on American Idol. Two Davids, two dreams, but only one spot as the next American Idol.

With everything on the line, Kansas City native David Cook stepped to the microphone first. Tasked by legendary producer Clive Davis with singing U2’s classic “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, Cook succeeded in doing what he had done all year. He took a classic song and updated it for the new generation. Few singers can sing U2, but Cook flawlessly weaved the existing greatness of the song with his own dead-on musical instincts to deliver a strong first performance.

Suprisingly, the judges did not seem to find “what they were looking for” in the performance. In fact, all night the judges’ preference for Archuleta was apparent. They seemed to criticize Cook for the very originality they had praised all season.

Then it was time for the 17 year-old Archuleta to have his moment “in the sun”. Davis selected the Elton John classic “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me”. The talented young performer delivered a stunning vocal performance that brought the crowd to its feet and drew unqualified praise from Randy, Paula, and Simon.

As he did last week with the Billy Joel song “And So It Goes”, Archuleta proved he could take a classic song by an industry giant and produce vocals those stars could only dream about on their own songs.

Despite Cook’s amazing performance, Simon summed it up, “Round 1 to Archuleta.”


The second songs of the evening were selected by the contestents from the top 10 songs created specifically for the Idol finale. David Cook delivered a solid performance, but Archuleta’s song seemed a better fit and he sang it for all he was worth. Again, the judges gave the nod to David A.

For round 3, the Davids were allowed to pick their own song. It could be something they sang earlier in the season or something new. David Cook chose Collective Soul’s “The World I Know”. Again, Cook proved that performers in this genre of music will soon be making room for him on the charts. While the song did not deliver the climactic bang Simon was seeking, it showed that David Cook is an artist and an original who will be heard from after the Idol lights fade.

Finally, David Archuleta took the stage for the season’s final song. He selected John Lennon’s “Imagine”. Let’s face it, this is one of the greatest songs ever. However, it is usually performed in vocally uninteresting ways. The young prodigy from Utah closed the show with an unbelievable rendition. He uncovered shades and nuances of the song with his vocals that I’ve never heard. It was really amazing!

In the charged response that followed, Simon declared that young David had, “Scored a knockout”.

Of course, that determination is up to voters across the country. We will all find out tonight on the results show whether America concurs with the judges.

Yet, this much is clear. David Archuleta rose to the occasion last night when every dream the young singer must have was battling against the nerves he must have been experiencing. He challenged a very talented, more experienced singer who is also heading for superstardom and he won.

There will only be one American Idol crowned this evening, but both Davids will emerge with their dreams in tact. Both are winners beyond the obligatory compliment used to soothe the pain of defeat.

American Idol continues to roll along not because it is a singing competiton, but because it taps into our collective desire to see dreams come true. Seeing it reminds us all that ours are still possible too.

Stay Inspired!

Ray

Idol Gives Back – The Affirmation Spot for Saturday April 12, 2008

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Today’s featured affirmation is:

“I believe wholeheartedly that I am part of the solution in my life and in my world.” (repeats 5 times)

“You believe wholeheartedly that you are part of the solution in your life and your world.” (repeats 5 times)

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This week American Idol aired its second annual Idol Gives Back program. American Idol has successfully raised money that would make Jerry Lewis blush. Last year’s program raised about $76 million and this year’s, at last count, was over $60 million and still going.

The show featured a star-rich cast including Bono, Brad Pitt, Mariah Carey, Carrie Underwood, Miley Cyrus, and dozens of other celebrities.

The program has a duel focus in that it raises money for domestic American and international causes. This year’s show focused on six charities:

Idol Gives Back represents a hopeful trend in primetime network television. This trend is one of social responsibility and community consciousness. It mixes business with helping others. Along with shows like Oprah’s Big Give, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, and even Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice, American Idol Gives Back is leading the way towards making giving and helping others cool again.

It’s not too late. You can still contribute by going to the Idol Gives Back page at American Idol.com.

Be peaceful Be positive Be prosperous!

Ray