As you know, we have been working on the promoting The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition, which is open to everyone under 18 living in a Commonwealth nation. The deadline is almost here, but you can still enter the competition until May 1st. The reason why we are writing this post is because we want to encourage YOU, young people, to participate in it.
Challenges are scary. When it comes to competitions, it’s common to feel a little scared and think things like “What if I’m not good enough?”
Don’t do this.
Negative thoughts are your worst enemies, and can only be controlled by you. It might sound silly, but when they say “participating is as important as winning”, it’s absolutely true. In the competitive world we live in, it looks like no one is ready to accept a loss. However, failures are part of life and sometimes a loss is beneficial to simply understand what you should do better next time. At the end of the day, every experience teaches you something, whether you win or lose. Being able to say you put in the effort, you wrote an essay using your own creativity, and you submitted it into an international competition, says a lot about your character.
Accepting challenges is good for you. You can test your abilities and explore your boundaries. Also, it just feels good to be able to see the fruits of your labour: you’ll feel proud, and start believing in yourself, allowing your confidence to grow. You will realise the value and importance of your own contribution to whatever the matter at hand is, which will greatly benefit you in the future.
It may seem easy to constantly think you won’t win and think about the competition, so don’t focus too much on the other people entering the competition or what they may be doing: just think about yourself and what you want to achieve. Sooner or later, if you work hard, you’ll be able to accept challenges readily in order to achieve your dreams. Take risks and don’t be afraid! You never know what could happen!
Whether you’re participating in the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition (we hope so!) or in any other activity, we would like to wish you the best of luck.
The RCS Digital Comms Team xxx