American Idol is in its 10th season and still going strong. Have you ever wondered why?

I believe there are 4 major reasons for the show’s success… and within each reason is a question that could change your life.

1) We love to see someone following their dream.

Of the millions of people who watch American Idol each week, you just know that many of them are wishing they had the courage to get up off the couch and follow their own dreams. It’s inspiring to see these singers who have been working hard, often for years, finally getting a chance to share their gift. Are you laying it all out on the line to follow your dream?

2) We love the competition.

If you watch the show even once, you will probably find a favorite contestant and you will pull for them until the bitter (or sweet) end. The spirit of competition draws us in… and we are all competitive to some degree. What are you competing for in your life?

3) The stories can tug at your heart.

Some of the contestants have come out of pretty dire circumstances to follow their dream. Every year, there are some wonderful human stories of struggle, heartbreak, and redemption. This year’s contestant, Travis Orlando, is a great example of this.  What is holding you back that you need to overcome?

4) Sometimes it’s just funny.

I can’t help but think that some of the early competitors know they can’t sing well, but try out just for fun (and possibly just to get on TV). However, there are always those people who really believed they could sing…..and it’s clear they just don’t have the talent. They hear the truth they never wanted to hear. But that truth ultimately frees them to pursue another dream, and that may be the dream that turns their life around.

What’s your dream? What do you have to lose?

Remember, Chris Daughtry didn’t win American Idol…and he is one of the show’s greatest success stories!