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You don’t have to be Miss America to use pageant queen principles to prioritize your life. These principles will help you organize your time, manage your business and get things done!
Pageant participants realize that only one girl will walk away with the crown. While it is a competition, the true competition is with themselves; being the best they can be. All the preparation they put into the competition helps them focus on their strengths and passions preparing them to seize all of the opportunities that cross their path whether they are awarded a sash and crown or not. They understand they are always wearing an invisible crown and operate accordingly.
So how do pageant queens manage to juggle school, jobs, oftentimes a small business, community service which can number in the hundreds of hours, family and relationship obligations, all while maintaining a health and wellness routine giving them the confidence to cross a stage in a swimsuit?
Balancing all of their responsibilities requires preparation. They prepare in 4 areas that are pretty consistent across various organizations and I have identified them as Being, Body, Brain, and Success. As a result, I set my planning routine around these major categories and coach others to do the same.
I like to start with Success.
Pageant Queens understand that a “crown” merely provides a platform for delivering their message. In order to have a successful pageant season, they must identify their passion and purpose which will drive and motivate them to reach their goal. Then they envision reaching their goal by employing the strategy of visualization. They dream of seeing themselves standing on stage, hearing their name called out, walking in their evening gown with new sash, crown, and flowers while waving to the audience and thanking the judges. They even practice their “I can’t believe I just won” face…why?
Studies show visualization improves motivation, coordination, concentration and has been understood since Aristotle described the process over 2,000 years ago, “First, have a definite, clear, practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends: wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.”
Once she has the vision, a Pageant Queen will assess her strengths, weaknesses, and resources. She will create a plan of action to reach the crown and set up a system for tracking her results based on her identified passion and purpose.
Since titles are passed on to a new Queen each year, her deadline is clearly defined and she can set up a timeline for reaching mini-milestones that will all take her to her ultimate goal. Sharing her vision with others…that journey may or may not result in a crown and she knows that. Her actions align with her purpose.
Mini-milestones are defined in three major areas of Being, Body, and Brain. Her planning routine is broken down to reflect this all while moving her towards her intended goal … the coveted crown.
Being covers her spiritual house, so to speak. Her relationships with others and is also known as her network. It includes her platform, also known as her community service, and how she intends to make the world a better place. She will need to track sponsor relationships and fundraising in addition to her volunteer hours.
Body covers her physical house. Her health and wellness, nutrition and fitness routine and trackers for maintaining an appearance ready physique and giving her the confidence to stand tall, smile and shine the light of her crown on what matters most to her: her goal of helping others.
Brian covers her mental house. This is her scholastic focus and personal development and may include entrepreneurial goals.
As you can see, each of the identified areas allows for a framework of creating a self-management system that is flexible enough for Pageant Queens to tailor but structured enough to provide a guide for reaching her potential. This empowers her to prioritize her life, organize her time and manage her business and it can do the same for you.
Ask people closest to me and they will tell you that I am a highly creative person and have a ton of great ideas. In fact, someone very close to me, my brother-in-law, made the following statement yesterday. “This is the first time I have ever known you to complete something you have started and you have been staying on task for the past year now.” True statement. Starting one project after another is not a challenge for me…it never has been. What has been a challenge in the past was completing those projects and accomplishing those goals. So what is different now?
I have found the organizational system that works for me. Oh, I have tried so many ways (think Franklin Covey) to stay organized in the past but to no avail. Why? Because I was trying to think the way someone else thinks and therefore I failed every time. I didn’t fully understand how my brain worked and as a result felt I like a failure. My daughter pointed out that I have taught her how to fail and keep trying again. Each failure was a lesson in what doesn’t work for me.
The challenge then became about learning what would work for me. We are all different but there are some similarities we can focus on when determining how to set and reach goals. I am a highly creative individual who thinks outside the box and needs an organizational system that works with my thinking style. My brain vacillates between a left and right brain thinking styles so I am not predominantly a left brain, list making planner, nor am I predominantly a right brain, visual planner – rather I am a mix of the two and fluctuate on a daily basis and therefore need to have separate systems set up to help me stay on task when my brain changes gears. ←- This was a HUGE “aha” for me!
Because I didn’t understand that I needed the two different styles, I would fail to reach objectives when using a left brain, list-making logic-based approach and my brain starting thinking in its creative right hemisphere. Now, I have a planning system, Bilateral Planning, that allows me to alternate between the two formats as quickly as my brain shifts gears…that can be pretty fast…and I am able to stay on task and reach my goals.
Are you a predominantly left brain, list maker who needs to see everything, structured and in black and white, or in digital form? Are you predominantly a right brain, creative who needs a lot of real estate on your paper to doodle, draw or color code? Or, are you like me and need a combination of the two? Knowing this one aspect of yourself, how you think, will help you tremendously in your goal setting process.
Learn more about Bilateral Planning and receive a FREE printable to help you start designing your own organizational system!
This week was a week of trial and error…more error than trial! I found that my TPS Pocket TN with 1.5″ spine was a little too crowded. I experimented by making a laminated TN cover with a 2″ spine and transferred the interior of my One Book July 2017 into it.
What I have learned this week … (be sure and check out my video)
- I quickly discovered that it had the perfect amount of room for me but I did not like the feel of the laminate as my everyday carry, so within one day I was back into TPS TN.
- I did try putting the TN inserts into a ‘B6″ size that I already owned after seeing a fellow OneBookJuly YouTuber try it and while it may work for me if I have a 2″ reinforced spine, the TN I have right now did not accommodate the pocket-sized inserts very well.
- I removed one insert, and to be honest, I can’t remember what it was supposed to be used for as I was not using it, don’t miss it and can’t recall what it was!
- As of right now, I believe I will be staying in the 1.5″ spine pocket-sized Tn through the month but will start investigating TN’s with 2″ reinforced spines in the pocket and B6 sizes.
Oh, I almost forgot, while at a work-related business meeting, the woman I was supposed to meet walked up to me and said, “You have a traveler’s notebook, you must be a planner girl!” I was so excited to know how far this community reaches, and the joy it brings us “planners” right here in my small town.
How is One Book July going for you? What have you learned this week? Are you participating in the “Go Big or Go Home” version of the challenge? Look me up on social media or YouTube and say ‘Hi’ – I’d love to know what goals you are working towards and how your #onebookjuly2017 is going.
What are your personal goals for participating in a pageant? Or, why do you want to win the “Miss” title you are competing for? Is it the scholarships, the personal development, to promote an issue you are passionate about, or all of the above?
Some areas of goal setting to consider for a successful pageant competition can be:
Style: fitness and appearance; how you present yourself and how you may be perceived by others; how you represent the local pageant organization, community, state and national pageant systems as a contestant.
Service: your platform and community service
Scholarship: keeping your grades up and pursuing financial awards for further education
Success: reaching small goals that lead to bigger goals
What are some of the goals you have set for yourself?
Once you have identified your “Why?” It is time to transform your goal into actionable steps that will yield results. Actionable steps are the daily, weekly and monthly tasks that need to be accomplished in order to achieve your goal. These tasks are specifically geared toward helping you become your best self in a given area. The objective is to turn your goals into manageable, realistic steps. This is done using a method known as SMART goal setting. SMART goals are short and long term goals that are:
T- time bound
An example of a SMART goal is as follows:
Goal: To teach goal setting
SMART Goal: To utilize TheOrganizedMiss.com as an educational platform for young women living the “Miss” lifestyle and to share tools to assist them in setting and achieving their goals.
Hopefully this guideline to SMART Goal setting has given you some new tools to help you reach your goals. I am including a free printable entitled “Smart Goal Setting Steps” to help you get started. Good luck and reach for the stars!
Remember: You are your only competition!
The above quote is one of my favorites and highlights a secret known by many successful individuals. In order to make progress in life, you must set and work towards goals. Whether you are working on changing a bad habit, acquiring a good one or implementing strategic action to obtain excellence in a specific field, goal setting is crucial to your success. Just as important as setting goals are to putting you on a path to success, tracking the progress of your goals is a key component to achieving that success.
Show me your calendar/planner and I will be able to tell you what you value and how successful you will be in reaching your goals. Do you goal plan? Is your schedule and tasks organized according to your desired outcomes? Do you track the habits necessary for success? I can guarantee that if you do, you will make discoveries about yourself and be able to reach success in areas that before were out of reach.
I have designed a monthly calendar and success tracker for use in reaching your goals. This eight-page digital printable has a monthly (July) view and a week on two pages. The left side of the page has a weekly with Monday start and the right side of the page has “This week’s focus” and is divided into three categories (Scholarship, Service, Style) so you can easily identify and focus on the tasks to be accomplished.
The bottom section of the page has a Success Tracker for you to list the habits/actions you intend to consistently practice and monitor for a successful week. The last few pages contain a Project Management section for SMART Goal planning and a Task Checklist. The sooner you start tracking your goals, the closer you will get to reaching them!
Happy Goal Planning!
You are busy. You have goals. You need a way to organize your busy life and reach your goals. The Organized Miss was developed with you in mind.
To celebrate getting the site live and to motivate myself to keep working, I designed a free printable for you! I love gifts and sharing the planner stickers I make and use to help stay on task with my goals is one of the greatest gift I can give you.
I have been using planners in some form or another for years, but earlier this year I was introduced to the Happy Planner and took a big swan drive into pretty planning. Not only is it encouraging and motivating, it can be quite relaxing and therapeutic to design your day with colorful decorations.
This printable was designed for the Large Happy Planner, as it had been difficult for me to find many in that size. My struggle is your gain. Just click on the image below and save, print and cut!
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