Doing More Pageants May Not Get You Better Results
There is a fine line between pleasure (when something is helpful to us) and pain (when something is harmful).
This goes for anything in life- food, work, exercise and pageants. When the activity we’re participating in becomes too much of a routine for us, it loses that edge of excitement that attracted us to it in the first place.
People can tell the second they look at you if you’re really enjoying yourself or simply going through the motions. If a contestant is going through the motions in pageantry, here are some of the burn out symptoms that may be exhibited:
Trying too hard which may be interrupted as arrogant or desperate- they NEED to win.
The walk and smile are fake.
Answers are too memorized.
There’s a lack of excitement around them.
It’s been my experience that doing one or two pageants per year, and taking a year off in between pageant years helps to keep things fresh and natural.Contestants run the risk of pageantry becoming a job when they do multiple (3-6) pageants in a calendar year. The attitude suddenly switches from a “want to” mode which is energizing and invigorating to a “have to” mode which is totally draining because it feels like a chore.
It’s the quality of an experience not necessary the quantity that builds skills in us. If a contestant enters the acquisition frame of mind (the more titles I collect the better I am) the whole experience becomes counterproductive. After all, what is the magic number of titles a contestant needs to win in order to feel successful and valued?
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Rhonda Shappert is an expert pageant coach, an iPEC Certified Professional Coach, an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner, and a member of the International Coach Federation. She created Winning Through Pageantry® to partner with pageant contestants and their support people to provide complete pageant preparation, achieve winning results in life through pageantry, and to Succeed From The Inside Out®. She has over 30 years experience in the pageantry world as a contestant, judge, emcee, staff member, mother of daughters who compete, Mrs. Ohio America 2005, and has held multiple titles at the local, state and national levels.
Rhonda graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors degree in Musical Theater from The Ohio State University and has performed on stage in 15 countries on the Asian, European and American continents. This mother of three home educates their children and has been married 21 years to her husband Stephen, is the former mayor of her community, and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Virtual Academy. She and her husband perform original contemporary Christian music. Their music CD is entitled Cana. For more information on Rhonda, visit www.WinningThroughPageantry.com .