There's a fine line between being competitive and being humble.
In order for me to compete successfully I have to continually tell myself (essentially) how great I am. I have to encourage myself and remind myself that I have worked hard and I deserve to be on that stage. And on top of that, that I'm good enough to win.
At the same time, I don't ever want to come off as cocky or arrogant. I don't want to appear like I think I'm better than people. Because I know that I didn't get here by myself.
It's a balancing act.
I've taken a lot of pictures of myself over the last eight months, particularly in the last 16 weeks. I don't post many of them here but I'm all over Instagram (@chelerene). Not because I'm trying to brag but because (1) I'm documenting my progress and (2) I'm honestly hoping that I'm inspiring someone. Seeing pictures of other competitors really inspires me and I hope to do the same thing for someone else.
I'm praying that God will give me a measure of humility that I've never had before. I need to stay humble. That's the only way that I'll ever enjoy true success.
So here's another picture. Nine days away from the show.
This is what 48 looks like.