It didn’t come easy. It was a struggle deciding whether to join again after my first try. During my first pageant, I was included in the top 15, but it was not where I wanted to be. I set aside my pride, and found the courage and strength to try one more time. There are still much to be said, to be learned, and to be shared in my Binibini journey. I want to share my story with the hopes that it will inspire others not to give up and to believe in themselves. This time around, I came prepared.
There a few things I learned on this journey:
1. No man is an island. We are here on this lifetime to help one another. People need people; it takes a village to be a queen. I am who I am today because I have been taken under the wings of some of the greatest mentors. They may not know it but I learned a lot from them. Have mentors, and be kind to the people that surround you and who have helped you. Never take anyone for granted and remember that kindness begets kindness.
2. Keep on learning. “Sharpen the saw,” Stephen Covey says in his book The 7 Qualities of a Highly Effective Leader. I read daily, anything from fiction to self-help books. Make sure to learn something new every day. It is true that practice makes perfect. Always surround yourself with people who will inspire you.
3. Empower your Mind. Mindset is key. I stand for taking care of your mental health. Your mind is the most powerful tool; learn how to think big and to visualize yourself into success. A man thinks what he becomes, so take care of your mind and your thoughts. Entertain thoughts that empower you. Never compare yourself to others and learn to focus and improve on yourself. It is necessary not to let your emotions control you. Always be aware of whose opinions matter.
4. Live a healthy lifestyle. A good set of genes helps, but you also need to work to get the body you desire. Be active: Work out, go to the gym, lift weights, cycle, run, or do yoga. Eat healthy: Avoid sugar, salt, wheat, and carbs. Drink lots of water, green tea, have protein in every meal, fruits and greens, and get seven to eight hours of sleep. Do this until it has become your lifestyle.
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