So there you are, you’ve signed up for your pageant, and you’re just not feeling it. For the first couple of weeks you were excited, but now you’ve come down with a serious case of the Pageant Blues, and you can’t get focused on your pageant prep. Here are some easy steps to help you to reconnect with your dream of becoming an elite contestant:
1. Imagine How You’ll Feel When You Win. Preparing for a pageant can be both physically and emotionally exhausting. You’ve got to refill that emotional fuel tank, and one of the best ways to do that is to imagine how excited you’ll feel when you win. Close your eyes and visualize yourself on stage, the audience is applauding, and titleholder is placing the crown on your head. All of your hard work has paid off, and you’re being recognized for your accomplishments. Imagine the joy you’ll feel deep down to your toes! Picture it as clearly as you can and connect with that incredibly happy feeling. Then reconnect with that feeling when you need a little boost to get rid of those pageant blues and refocus on your pageant prep!
2. Take One Small Action. Sometimes when you’re feeling a little “blah,” you feel overwhelmed, and you just can’t get up the energy to get started. That’s okay. Give yourself permission to start with just one small action every day. By breaking your pageant prep down into baby steps, you’ll be able to squeeze it into your jam packed schedule, and at the end of the week you’ll be surprised and energized by your progress. So instead of focusing on carving out huge chunks of time, just starting by taking one small action every day!
3. Do your best impression of a tortoise. Not only should you take baby steps, but just keep taking them over, and over, and over. There are moments when you’ll be discouraged; hang in there! Just keep moving forward, toward your pageant goals. When it comes to being successful, slow and steady really does win the race!
4. Get yourself an expert. Sometimes we get discouraged because we’re not sure exactly what we should be doing. Find a pageant coach, buy a book, research the Internet, get an instructional CD, or ask a friend. Find someone who knows more about the area you want to improve than you do. If something just isn’t coming together for you, don’t waste valuable time trying to figure it out. Find someone who can teach you how to do it; don’t waste your precious energy spinning around in circles. Get yourself an expert to point you in the right direction, and you’ll be re-inspired to work towards your pageant goals!
5. Surround yourself with a support network. Tell family and friends about your pageant goals. Make sure you only tell people that you think will be supportive, not “doomsday” friends. Successful contestants surround themselves with people who encourage them instead of distracting them with constant negative feedback. The positive encouragement of your support network can help you through those frustrating moments when you’re tempted to give up. There’s just no substitute for a positive support network.
So, follow these 5 simple steps to leave those pageant blues behind you and have your best pageant ever!Miss America, Miss America's Outstanding Teen, Miss Teen USA, Miss USA, pageant coach, pageant coaches, pageant coaching, pageant interview, pageant interview coach, pageant interview questions, pageant questions, The Pageant Coach, Valerie Hayes