Who doesn’t feel insecure? Even the most successful and beautiful woman feel a slight insecurity. In fact, a staggering number of women in a lot countries have extremely low body confidence, according to a report. But the great thing is that insecurity can be lessened and confidence can be built. And Jodi Sta. Maria believes it all starts by recognizing that everyone is flawed but is unique and beautiful.
“You are unique, you are precious, you are beautiful, and you have to believe that,” Jodi said during the BDJ Women Summit. She suggested that instead of focusing too much on what is wrong, focus on what is good. And never, ever, compare oneself to others and always remember that, “In God’s eyes you are His beautiful daughter.”
But what if a woman feels hesitation in pursuing her dreams? Should she stop? Jodi fully believes NO, she shouldn’t stop. “So just go on and push mo lang kung ano yung gusto mong gawin. Each and everytime iisipin mo yung iisipin ng iba, ikaw yung malilimitahan.” Women should never let anyone or anything stop them from achieving their dreams. Through action and faith, a dream can be reality.
Here are Jodi’s full answers.
5. What Advice would you give to a girl full of insecurities?
I believe lahat tayo meron niyan. Imposibleng na walang taong walang insecurity. Walang magsasabi na ‘I’m perfect’ because all of us are flawed. But you always have to remember that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. It’s just sometimes we tend to forget yung truth na ‘yon and we tend to focus too much on what’s wrong with us, what’s lacking, instead of focusing on our strengths and what we have. It’s impossible na lahat mali sayo. There is something good in you. You are unique, you are precious, you are beautiful, and you have to believe that. Kahit anong sabihin ng tao sayo but if you don’t believe that for yourself, then nothing is going to happen. Focus on your strengths, focus on what you have, think of the things that you are grateful for: You have air in your lungs, you have your family, you have friends that love you. Love yourself. Extend compassion to yourself the way you extend compassion to other people. Be kind to yourself. Do things that will make you feel good. Be kind to others and encourage other people. Don’t focus too much on what is missing. Focus on what you have. Stop comparing. Do not ever compare yourself to anyone. Each and anyone of us are made unique and you are unique. Always believe that in God’s eyes you are His beautiful daughter. Don’t ever forget that.
6. What Advice Would You Give To A Girl Who Has Hesitations In Pursuing Her Dreams?
At the end of the day, whether you do something exceptional or you failed, something will be said about you. So just go on and push mo lang kung ano yung gusto mong gawin. Each and every time iisipin mo yung iisipin ng iba, ikaw yung malilimitahan. So minus mo yun, go for what you believed in, for what you really want, and if you think what you’re gonna do is going to make a difference in this world we live in then all the more you should go for it.