Like many pageant contestants this time of the year, you’ve spent a good amount of time reflecting on your progress and thinking about what you’d like to achieve in the coming year. Most of the 2012 queens we’ve interviewed so far aren’t ones for resolutions but that doesn’t mean they don’t have goals.
The Pageant Professors weigh in on goal setting and helping you win in 2012:
1. Be in a positive frame of mind. If you’re still bummed about the results of your last pageant, right now might not be the time to jump back in. Watching your favorite movie, spending time with your friends or working out at the gym are all activities that will open your mind to think confidently about what the future has in store.
2. Keep your eyes on the prize. Write down what you want to accomplish and think big: if after reading your statement you don’t get goosebumps or it doesn’t leave a giant smile on your face, you haven’t gone far enough.
3. Factor in your level of readiness. Do you need to take a year off from competing to raise more money, make time to build your resume, do more volunteer work, or learn more about yourself? If yes, then do so. No matter how well you may be able to articulate your goal, you might not be ready to focus on it or take the appropriate actions to achieve it.
4. Tell someone about your goal. Talk to your friends, teachers and family members about your goals, progress and deadlines. Not only will they hold you accountable, they will be able to support you in a positive way.
5. Don’t worry about how long it takes. One of the best things about the Miss USA 2012 class is that it includes women at all experience levels, first time competitors and long-time favorites. What they all have in common is that they started a race to Miss USA and are going to make it to the finish line.
6. Create positive statements that will keep you on track. Write them on cards and post them on to your refrigerator, make them your passwords, incorporate them into something you do everyday; seeing these words regularly will excite you and keep you moving forward.
7. Think of your competition. It’s true, at the end of the day you are competing against yourself on stage. But what are the other young women doing today? Are they working harder at the gym? Are their walks getting better than yours right now?
8. Get inspired. Build relationships with the current titleholders and other competitors. Everyone wins when you are learning from each other’s successes or missteps. And it’s encouraging to know you are part of a community full of exciting possibilities.