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10 Motivational Quotes to Help You Through Pageant Week

MAOTeen Class of 2016. Photo: Miss America Organization

Motivation is important in life. Whether you are competing in your first pageant or you are a veteran in the industry, keeping your spirits and optimism at an all-time high is the key to winning your next pageant. (Read: Pageant Question of the Day: Pageant Motivation)

First, you need to lay out your pageant goals. What is going to make this year different? How are you going to step your game up for this season? Results will only come by when you do something different, whether it be increasing your workout routines to become more disciplined or practicing your talent for hours. Make this round of competition your best!

Second, understand your “why” factor. Why is it that you want to succeed? What is making you come back to compete? Is it a strong desire to bring awareness to your platform? Is your goal to inspire others? Or are you using pageantry to bounce into a career in entertainment?

Any explanation is perfect as long as it is genuine and true to you. Be true to yourself and write down your “why” so you do not forget what is driving you forward.

During the pageant competition, you may have long days with little rest in between, especially if you are heading to nationals. Be prepared for the road ahead. One thing that hurts a lot of women is that they are worn out by the time finals night arrives after being in the host city for days or weeks. (Read: How to Keep Going After Nationals Are Over)

This is common, and this is when knowing your “why” and having a handful of motivational quotes comes in handy. They will help to push you during those final hours when your feet hurt, the hair spray is almost becoming permanent, and you can sing the opening number music because it has been on repeat during those rehearsals.

Here are a few of our favorite motivational quotes to help you keep pushing through.

10 Motivational Quotes to Help You Through Pageant Week

“God is within her, she will not fall.” Psalm 46:5

“He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.” Louisa May Alcott

“Nothing is more beautiful than the smile that has struggled through tears.” Demi Lovato

“I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” Audrey Hepburn

“If you really want something, you have to work for it.” Princess Tiana

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney

“I get nervous when I don’t get nervous. If I am nervous, I know I’m going to have a good show.” Beyonce

Pageant Coach Derrick Lee (director of the 2017 Miss Illinois Globe Pageant) uses motivation to help his contestants win their crowns and succeed in pageantry. Lee has coached women competing for National American Miss, Miss United States, Miss USA and Miss World America systems among others.

Here are some of his favorites sayings for his clients.

“Look in the mirror. Let me introduce you to your competition.” Derrick Lee

“Never underestimate the new blood on stage. She has absolutely nothing to lose.” Derrick Lee

“The minute you’re invested in what SHE’S doing… you’ve already lost.” Derrick Lee

Motivation is the key to winning, according to Derrick Lee.

“It’s very easy to become overwhelmed when competing,” Lee said. “Outside of preparation, your personal life still needs to be catered to. Sometimes when your spirits are low, you just need to have access to motivational quotes or a book that will keep you uplifted.”

He suggests using them as friendly reminders of your strength and determination.

Here’s a tip. Use a journal to write down some of your favorite quotes you see throughout your day and look back on them during times of stress. They will come in handy! You can also use journaling to help you deal with everyday stress and goal setting. (Read: 13 Calming Yoga Poses for Pageant Week Stress Relief)

Use motivation daily. Put some of your quotes on a vision board and hang it up in your room. You can even put up Post-It notes where you will see them the most!

This can help you get off to a great start in the morning and can rewire your brain to think optimistically from the beginning of your day.

What are some of your favorite quotes that get you through pageant week? Share them below!

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