This weekend I am heading into the Miss Rodeo Washington Pageant to help out for the 3rd year in a row. I am so excited and looking forward to seeing old friends and making a few new ones along the way!
When it comes to this time of year I am always reminded of how important it is to keep those honest, true and amazing values in the forefront of the mind when it comes to being a rodeo queen.
What are these values? That is a great question! And one I want to dive more into.
Over the past few weeks I have been talking with a few old friends, mentors, advisors, and people who work so hard to keep our rodeo queen world alive and with each person I talked to, the conversation seemed to be the same and there was always the same question asked.
What happened to the girls who have a true love and passion for the sport of rodeo, for being a great role model and for touching the lives of so many in just one short year?
Not only are associations seeing less and less girls come out to compete but there is also a disconnect in what it takes to be the best rodeo queen a girl can be. I have also seen the unfortunate side of some young women who are going into competition with the wrong mindset.
It is so important to remember that holding a title no matter what title is valuable and comes with great responsibility. And yes I know how cliché that sounds but I feel like this has been forgotten. It’s your responsibility to remember that there is always a set of eyes on you and whether they are the eyes of a six year old in admiration or the eyes of a 65 year old in proudness or the eyes of a peer waiting for you to fail, there is always someone watching you. So when those eyes are on you or even when they are not be a leader of self. Lead yourself toward those values that make you not only unique but that make you the best version of yourself you can be. Values like; compassion, patience, flexibility, hard working; be a leader.
Recently through my job I had the opportunity to take a course on leadership and the biggest and most important theme throughout the whole course was to be a leader of others you must first be a leader of self!
I want those words to sink in:
To be a leader of others you must first be a leader of self.
Those words ring so true in all facets of life, not only in the work place. (And to be honest being a rodeo queen is just a job with a wide open work place) Leadership is so important to remember why you wanted to be a rodeo queen in the first place and what it really means. Because if you are leading yourself everyday you are choosing how you respond to each and every situation you are put into and with that choice of response you are also in turn choosing the out come.
Being a representative for our great sport is about be apart of something bigger than yourself and using your time to make a difference.
To be blunt it’s not about you as the title holder.
It’s about so much more. You are there to served not be served. You are there to work hard not get a free pass. You are at work not on vacation. You are always a role model even when no one is looking.
When someone said, “Be like a pineapple! Stand tall and wear your crown!”, I thought what a funny thing to compare to but what a real symbol of being a queen! Stand tall and lead like a queen. Even if it’s just leading yourself!
I’m hoping that I can bring so much more about personal leadership to all aspiring rodeo queens in the future. Maybe a new series? Maybe a clinic? Who knows! You’ll have to stay tuned to find out!
Thank you for stopping by and keep an eye out for what might be up around the curve!