A USA TODAY article entitlted “Idol Outcome Looks Like a Toss-Up” starts with “All season long, American Idol judges have told Lee DeWyze, “Have confidence.”

They like him – arguably more than Crystal Bowersox, whose “indie, coffee house” vibe may not result in the huge sales and fan following that’s their priority.

But the judges keep asking him, “Do you believe you can win this thing?”

The point? Before convincing others; we ourselves must be convinced.

If we don’t think we’ve got what it takes to come out on top, why should other people?

My book What’s Holding You Back: 30 Days to Having the Courage and Confidence to Do What You Want, Meet Whom You Want and Go Where You Want http://amzn.to/aniG4l – (which Jack Canfield says is “a must read for anyone who wants to be more poised, polished and poweful at work, at home, in social settings, at school, and in sports.”)
claims that confidence is the key to just about everything.

Talent’s important. Intelligence is important. Appearance is important.

But we all know smart, talented, attractive people who never fulfill their potential.

Why? Because they’re their own worst critic. Because their doubts get in the way of their success.

If I were coaching Lee right now, I’d suggest that the single best way to give himself confidence for tonight – a night that could set his SerenDestiny in motion – is to mentally prep himself to OWN the stage.

The key to confidence is to TOWER, not cower.

Instead of walking out with his shoulders hunched over, (which leads to a meak, weak posture that keeps us tentative and hesitant) . . . . he needs to lift his shoulders up and roll them back. Aaaah, that feels better already.

Then, instead of clasping his hands in the “cover up” fig-leaf position (which will keep him unsure and insecure and make him want to hide) – it’s better to hold his hands like he’s holding a basketball. This will “open” him up and make him feel more natural and relaxed.

Then, instead of standing with his feet close together (which will keep him off-balance, literally and figuratively); it’s smart to stand with his feet shoulder-width apart – in the athlete’s stance – so he feels “well-grounded.”

Then, in the moments right before his performances, instead of filling his mind with performance-ruining doubts, (“What if I get pitchy and go off-key? What if if forget the words?”) – it’s crucial to mentally pump himself up with determination and gratitude.

It’s important to fill his mind with “I LOVE my audience. I am so GRATEFUL to be here. I am going to take advantage of this opportunity by singing my heart out so I connect with every single person watching and they rise as one into a heartfelt standing ovation.”

If Lee TOWERS instead of cowers, and fills his mind with DETERMINATION rather than doubts, he will enter the “zone” of peak performance and exude the confidence that will result in a win for him and a win for everyone lucky enough to witness his bravura performance.

Who are you pulling for in tonight’s American Idol final?

What’s your advice on how Crystal and Lee can turn panic into poise and perform with confidence?

“The secret to creativity is to say an old thing in a new way or a new thing in an old way.” – Richard Harding Davis

I guess you can tell I love quotes . . .

Fresh quotes are a quick way to get our message’s foot in our readers’ and listeners’ mental door.


When we introduce something people haven’t heard before; they want to know more.

Here, as promised, are my 10 favorite quotes of the more than 2000 featured in my books POP! Tongue Fu!®, ConZentrate, Take the Bully by the Horns, What’s Holding you Back? and the upcoming SerenDestiny.

Hope you enjoy them and can use them to spice up your articles, blogs and presentations so people are motivated to pay attention to what you have to say.

1. “If there were a rehab for curiosity; I’d be in it.” – CBS news anchor Diane Sawyer

2. “I think we need a 12-step group for non-stop talkers. We’re going to call it On and On Anon.” – comedian Paula Poundstone

3. “When I die, I want to come back as . . . me.” – NBA team owner Mark Cuban

4. “I am in love with hope.’ – Tuesdays with Morrie Author Mitch Albom

5. “There’s no such thing as a wrong note as long as you’re singing.” – singer Pete Seeger

6. “The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.” – columnist Maureen Dowd

7. “There is moment in every child’s life where a door opens and lets the future in.” – author Graham Greene

8. “What a wonderful life I’ve had. I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” – singer Colette

9. “Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, ‘I am with you, kid. Let’s go.'” – author Maya Angelou

10. Before there were drawing boards, what did we go back to?” – comedian George Carlin

Oh what the heck – I’m on a roll and can’t stop.

Here are some more quotes that get people’s eyebrows up (a sure sign of intrigue).

I use them in my programs to keep people on the edge of their mental seats – and you can too.

11. “Guard your good mood.” – Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep

12. “To do what you love and feel that it matters; how could anything be more fun?” – Katherine Graham of the Washington Post

13. “People treat you the way you teach them to treat you.” – author Jack Canfield

14. “Teachers affect eternity. Who knows where their influence will end?’ – Henry Brooks Adams

15. “I have the world’s best job. I get paid to hang out in my imagination all day.” – author Stephen King

16. “Let us then, be up and doing.” – author Longfellow

17. “I have found if you love life, life will love you back.” – composer/painist Arthur Rubenstein

18. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, no one thinks of changing himself.” – author Leo Tolstoy

19. “If you wait to write, you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter.” – self-publishing pioneer Dan Poynter

20. “It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. Intuition tells the thinking mind where to look next.” – Jonas Salk

21. “”The world was shocked to learn I wrote a bestseller at 66. No matter how long you live, you have stories to tell. What else is there to do but head off on the Conestoga wagon of the soul?” – Pulitzer Prize winning author Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes)

22. “Is there ever any particular spot where one can put one’s finger and say, “It all began that day, at such a time and such a place, with such an incident?’ – Agatha Christie

23. “The purpose of life is to . . . matter; to feel it has made some difference that we have lived at all.” – Leo Rosten

24. “When you can do a common thing in an uncommon way; you will command the attention of the world.” – inventor George Washington Carver

25. “Creativity is based on the belief that there’s no particular virtue in doing things they way they’ve always been done.” – Rudolph Flesch

Like these?

Imagine an ENTIRE book with current quotes from today’s top icons, influeners and innovators.

You don’t have to imagine it.

I’ve created it.

It’s called Current Quotes – and it’s available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle. 

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Here’s what former President of Toastmasters International, Bennie E. Bough, had to say about it.

“Looking for the right quote to take your message to the next level? This book is a powerful resource.”

Here’s former President of National Speakers Association Glenna Salsbury’s recommendation …

“Looking for inspiring wisdom and evovative insights? These 365 quotes will motivate you to look at life with fresh eyes and renewed enthusiasm. Truly a transformational treasure!”

Want to spice up your next spoken or written communication?

Don’t bore people with blah, blah, blah.

Get their eyebrows up in the first 60 seconds by introducing something intriguing they haven’t heard before.

Then, hoook and hinge that insightful or funny quote back to your audience and your topic so everyone in the room understands how this point relates to them.

You’ll find out HOW to hook and hinge quotes into your material in the special section in the back of my Current Quotes book.

You can order it now and have it on your e-reader in a couple minutes so you can immediately integrate these clever, creative, compelling quotes into YOUR next staff meeting, sales presentation or blog post.

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