When thinking about your journey to your crown, I'm sure that beautiful gowns, tearful waves, and huge bouquets of flowers flash through your head. Your crowing moment will be one that you can cherish for a lifetime. There's just one problem. Between you and your crowning glory is a lot of long nights, volunteering, and exercise. Your path to your title will be a weary one to say the least, and sometimes much longer than you expected. Here are some questions you might want to answer before you are too far down the road:
What happens if I don't win?
Not every pageant will a be the kind of victory that you desire. You won't always walk away with the crown. You need to decide now on this side what is your true crowning jewels. Is it the crowd or love of performance? Do you champion the values of the system? Maybe you just want to have fun. If you cannot get more out of your pageant experience than the crown, it might be time for you to consider something else to do. No one like crown-chasers. Make a choice on what you will walk away with before the lights hit you and you will never be empty handed.
Who is in my corner?
This is not a one gal show. Include your loved ones in your journey every step of the way. Your sister, friend, or parent, may not be able to coach you, however, they love you. What is more inspiring than that. Keep them close to you as your prepare. This will help you on the stage because you know the people who are standing behind you all the way. That is what is going to light up the stage.
How will I grow as a person?
Take time to write down a list of things that you want to be able to take away from the pageant as a person not a pageant girl. Decide that you will become a healthier person not just look great in swimsuit. Make the choice that you will fight what for what you believe in, not just take pictures to build your platform portfolio. Point out how you will become a more authentic and real version of yourself, not just a image of what the judges want to see.
With a little careful planning and insight into your true desire, you will be able to set a strong foundation to rest on when days are getting long and patience is short. It is not easy to do. Your passion for your true crowning jewels, loving support from family, and beneficial personal growth will be worthwhile. You want to be able to look back at your competition days and have more than a faded crown, but a bright and enduring experience that you can carry with you whereever you go.