Dania Beckford speaks about the importance of soul work

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March 14, 2022

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On days when she’s not feeling confident, Dania Beckford says she digs deep and is committed to doing the soul work needed to continue to be the best version of herself.

Confidence advocate and people whisperer Dania Beckford is speaking of the importance of soul work.

The communications professional got deep and personal in the first episode of season 2 of her Being Broadtail podcast, extolling the value of “getting in your feelings” and doing the work.

“This year has been rough, but it’s also tumultuously happy, like a whole heap of good things happen; but then [there were] some challenges as well, and the challenges had me in my feelings,” she shared.

Beckford opened up about the victories and challenges of the past year and how she has managed, and continues to manage her experiences as she pushes to become the best version of herself.

On most days, the 5’4” ‘broadtail’ walks around 6ft tall with an air of confidence and superb style. However, the question “How do you remain confident?” is a staple in her conversations. Beckford shared, that her confidence level sometimes plummets on the confidence scale on some days, but that it then forces her to do soul work.

“As I speak to women, one of the things I always say, and I’m very conscious and cognisant within myself, is that is not every day you feel confident. Some days you [are] not on the same degree of confidence. So it’s not that you deh at the bottom of the barrel. It’s not like you feel like ‘Oh, nothing nah gwaan fi you’; but you’re just not at number 10 on the scale, and so I’ve been battling between six [and] seven sometimes, [or even] drop down to five,” said Beckford.
On those days, she digs deep. “Like everybody else, I’m human. It’s not every day that I feel the same, and on the days that I don’t feel the same, [there is] this soul work that I’ve had to do to ensure that I continue to be the best version of myself and have my ‘happiness priorities’ in check,” she said.

CHANGING HER PERSPECTIVE

In a practical example, Beckford shared that in trying to keep on-trend and fit in, she forced herself into uncomfortable shoes that did not fit her postpartum feet and had her questioning her physical appearance, among other things. Upon reflection, she realised that she was trying to fit in a box that was definitely not for her, and so changing her perspective worked for her, teaching her the valuable lesson, that “some things are just not for you”. Now, she walks boldly in her comfortable shoes and is on a continuous hunt for more, similarly embracing situations that suit her and her journey.

The chief executive officer also shared the importance of managing how others treat you and the situations you put yourself in. She recalled being asked to step out of a car for it to get over a hump in the road. Much to the chagrin of the driver, the vehicle was still impacted by the bump. For Beckford, it was a teaching moment that highlighted the principle of avoiding situations where you give people the ammunition to disrupt your confidence journey.

The spirited conversation continued with advice about finding and confronting the root of the values and attitudes as well as trauma that often inspires the way people think. Beckford spoke of how people often force their beliefs and opinions on others simply because of how they were socialised to think. This manifests in telling people how they should look and dress because it is seen as the right way, more often than not alienating persons who do not fit into these confines. This, she said, calls for a high level of unlearning and resocialising, as people need to be confident and comfortable, regardless of body size, style, and even beliefs.

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