Transformation is the Key to Winning!
How often have you looked into the mirror after a pageant competition and asked yourself, “what else can I do to win?” You have tried everything imaginable, used every pageant coach in the industry, changed your gown with the insistence of every critique, and still you stand right where you were before; frustrated and confused. As a competitor in any sport, and especially in the world of pageantry, it is vital to be able to transform your unique features on a physical and emotional level into a tangible quality that will separate you from your fellow queens. My mom used to call it transforming from a cocoon into a butterfly, and there really is no better way to explain it.
If you have the ability to take constructive critique but still be able to respect your “inner voice” about where the suggestions are comfortable for you and where they are not then you will find a balance to help catapult you into the next level as a competitor. Changing pageant systems and not changing anything about your foundation of competing will only deliver to you the same results, only in a different system. Pageantry is about the art of transformation, and not just on the physical level, but on the emotional and spiritual level as well. Being honest with yourself is the first step into taking responsibility to perfect your little “imperfections.”
I always like to inspire my queens with exercises that assist them in searching all of their strengths and weaknesses, and this is one you can try on your own. Make a list of three strengths you have that you believe separate you from your competitors, and this is something that you should not have to ask a friend or relative to help you with. You should know enough about yourself to understand where your strengths lie so you can face any challenge in life. Next to your “strengths” list, I would like for you to make a “weaknesses” list and you are only allowed to list three. It is amazing to me that we can struggle to find strengths within ourselves yet have a list of 25 weaknesses!
On your weakness list, I would like you to list them in the order of the most crucial weakness. Usually they will be the first listed, but if you second-guessed yourself, then write them in order of biggest weakness to smallest. Now look at your weakness and ask yourself if this is something that you can correct before your next pageant? It usually is, because aside from having two heads, most of your weaknesses can be refined. Now take a completely different piece of paper and write down 10 actions that you need to take to refine or correct this weakness. I would like you to do this under all three weaknesses and you will develop a plan to specifically strengthen your weaknesses. I would also like for you to add 10 actions on your list that you can perform to make improve your strengths!
I believe in writing your plan down on paper because suddenly your goal have a specific purpose and you won’t feel so overwhelmed when attempting to find the remedy. By doing this you will be able to tackle your next competition with a deliberate plan that will help you to achieve your best results. Remember, to win a pageant you need to be the complete package, so now is the time to reflect and refine!
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Good luck on your competition and keep reaching for your pageant dreams!