Mentally Preparing Yourself For Your Next Pageant
When a cowboy is preparing to get on his next bronc horse he isn’t thinking about the guy that just went or the guy who is getting ready to go after him. He is thinking about how he can make his ride the best it can be. Racehorses at the Kentucky Derby wear blinders so they can focus on running their own race. So why do we as pageant competitors get so hung up on the other people running the race, and why do we constantly second guess if we are ready to compete.
Often times when you think about preparing for a pageant the first things that come to mind are riding a lot of horses, studying, working on speeches, and getting your body into shape. However, one of the most important elements of pageant success often gets overlooked and that is learning how to overcome the mental head game. Anyone knows that a multi-day pageant can start to get draining on both your body and mind, but no one really ever talks about the mental games that you often stumble across leading up to a pageant. As I went into the summer of 2017 preparing for the Miss Rodeo Wyoming pageant I was guilty of doing all of the above. There were a few tips and tricks I used that helped me be mentally prepared and confident in the competitor that I wanted to be.