How YOU See Yourself: Is Your Self-Image Holding You Back?

Tonight’s wisdom:

“Science and psychology have isolated the one prime cause for success or failure in life. It is the hidden self-image you have of yourself.” – Bob Proctor

In tonight’s hip hop dance class, I touched on how we oooh and ahhh over dancers killing it in videos, working their confidence on TV shows, being fierce on YouTube. But then when it comes time for US to perform in class…

…we shy away from our sex appeal, become timid, self-doubt, and for whatever reasons we put in our head… we don’t share our confident self.

What’s the ONLY difference between you and those dancers on YouTube?

They made a DECISION to BE confident. To BE sexy. To BE somebody that lets their passion shine through. They all had to learn “steps” just like you and I. From count one to count 8. Anyone can learn dance steps.

But what sets those who inspire you apart from the rest is the fact that they lead with passion and self-confidence, among other things that have NOTHING to do with steps. I believe in every single person that comes my way. You’ll learn the steps. That’s secondary.

I encourage you all to BELIEVE IN YOURSELF first. Believe you’re just as capable. And believe you’re worthy of praise not just from your teacher or coach, but from YOURSELF.

Give yourself the benefit of the doubt- you CAN be just like them. JUST BELIEVE, make a DECISION, and stop getting in your own way.

@ShawnByfield

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SquareShawnAbout The Author: Shawn Byfield (www.ShawnByfield.com) is an award winning choreographer, show director and a leading expert in dance lessons and industry advice. His extremely fun approach to learning is a must for anyone looking to achieve their highest potential through dance. Visit www.BDXstudio.com for Canada’s #1 dance classes for adults.

The Absolute Best Way To Get The Best Advice

The Absolute Best Way To Get The Best Advice

Be as coachable as the Chicago Bulls in '98

I’m FRIGGIN EXCITED!

These 4 basketball legends above are the perfect example of why I’m excited. I’m sure you’ve seen them before, but I’ll get to them in a bit…

Tonight, I’m learning life success & biz tips from two multimillionaires. In person. One was a 3X World Series Champion and played with Toronto Blue Jays. Not too shabby.

Who cares, right?

Wrong. Here’s why you should care:

NEWSFLASH: To Make The NBA Finals, Kick Doug Off Your Team

I’m willing to be 100% coachable, I’m open to opportunities, and I’m seeking out wisdom and training from those who already have the success I want. I suggest you do the same.

What I’m talking about worked for Ron Harper, Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan… Heard of them?

For example, if you want to learn how to play professional basketball, seek out and learn from a coach who’s students consistently make it to the NBA finals. Not from your “uncle Doug” who hasn’t played in 17 years, but “watches” a lot of SportsNet so “he can teach you…”

…ahh, NO, he can’t. At least not to the level of success YOU want.

The best way to get the best advice is to find a top coach. Like Phil Jackson, who coached the boys on the Chicago Bulls in ’98 (and won six championships under his watch.)

Seek a wise mentor.

Learn from a seasoned teacher.

Be as diligent as those organizations dedicated to finding people anywhere on this planet. Pinpoint exactly who you’re looking for. Seek out a reputable, respected, knowledgeable leader that has REAL ability to teach you what you want to learn, and is serious about taking YOU to the next level.

And find someone who inspires you!

I know that because I truly want what’s best for those around me, for my family, students, and for everyone I’ll meet in the future, I have to improve personally in many areas. That only happens when you seek out the pros. Not your friends and family… PROFESSIONAL EXPERTS.

Poppin’ Champagne With Yo’ Homies…

Sure, your friends & family will always give their “opinion.” But ask yourself: Do they really KNOW what’s best for you? Have they truthfully achieved the success you’re looking for? And do THEY even want to see you succeed?

It’s important to always love your friends, you’ll want their support. And you’ll most likely want them around when it’s time to pop open that champagne!

Now I’m thirsty. =)

Anyway. To achieve a high level of success, in ANY field, learn from the leaders who can teach you based on their solid experience and track record.

That’s my Ninja advice for the day. Share with your friends and share your comments, I really read ’em! Share the love,

– Shawn B
@ShawnByfield

UPDATE: How To TURBOCHARGE Your Spring

Toronto dance classes at Byfield Dance Experience

[Shawn Byfield’s Toronto dance email update April 3rd, 2012]

Happy April!

Spring has officially arrived. Did it hit you like it hit me? Because just the other day I had a “holy eff” moment- “It’s already April? I swear it was just New Years…”

Yup, we’ve all been busy, I haven’t even written to you in a while. And look- that sneaky Spring showed up right under our nose. In a few days, charming tulips & roses will wink at us to stop by for a whiff. Which leads me into this thought:

Success starts with showing up.

If you haven’t been “showing up” because of [insert excuse here] then take a minute to yourself right now. Inhale, and smell the roses. Got some food for your thoughts below, and it starts with:

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“Why Do So Many Say YES To Drugs? So They Can Get Uncontrollably Hooked On DANCE- WITHOUT Fear Of Intervention”

Rick James once said: “Cocaine is a hell of a drug.”

Call me your pusher, man, ’cause DANCE is a hell of a drug. Once it grips you, that’s it. You’re IN. Flying high… And when that dance hit starts to disappear from your life, you pretty much get the same withdrawal symptoms as those crackheads on Intervention.

Shhhh. Come closer…

How does a year supply of dance sound? Get yourself a quick, three-pay plan for an annual membership that costs less than the “insurance” you pay your neighbourhood thug.

Go on, take it. This link gives you 365 day access to some good stuff:

–> http://www.BDXstudio.com/get-your-pass

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“All Dance Monsters Should Pay Attention: Here’s GOOD NEWS That Can Cure Any Bad Romance”

Did you tune in? LADY GAGA’s choreographer and artistic director Laurieann Gibson was teaching at BDX recently? Sweet Judas! Did you know Gibson was born this way? As in Toronto?

BDX & Gaga are definitely a GOOD romance. Here’s the news segment:

–> http://bit.ly/HQj0X6

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“How To Turn Your Flabby Arms Into Sculpted Works Of Art That Make Michelangelo Weep With Jealousy”

Yeah, I said it. If you’re sitting at home wondering how to fix that damn flab where your tricep should be, then I suggest- no, I URGE you to get into our Dance Workout classes. Here’s why…

In the Dance Workout classes I personally taught last week, we focused on some serious arm toning exercises. Sure, lot’s of bitchin’ and whining from my students ’cause it felt like burning. But guess what I tell ’em?

I tell ’em: “You’re not gonna die from carving out a sexier body.” You’re a beautiful piece of art under that excess marble. Train for your summer! Train for your future. Come sculpt those arms. 5 Dance Workout classes weekly! Schedule:

–> http://www.BDXstudio.com/schedule

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PSA’s (Public Service Announcements)

** BYFIELD DANCE EXPERIENCE is CLOSED Easter Monday April 9th

** Our FACEBOOK PAGE is on the new Timeline, check the new stuff

** Delicious & healthy GRANOLA BARS are back, on sale very soon made exclusively by Jenna Sweetcakes for BDX

** NEW TEACHERS will be added regularly, stay tuned

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“Who Could Say No To The Nicholas Brothers? — And Why You Should NEVER Put This Kind Of Fire Out”

Now THIS is a good post. Check out the videos too, that’s all I’m gonna say. Want to learn how to TAP DANCE starting from scratch? Let me know TODAY, because I can make it happen for you in a few weeks:

 –> http://wp.me/p4VXs-sD

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So there you have it. This should be more than enough here to turbocharge your season and get you fired up! I’ll send you more news as it comes.

Comment? Tweet me at http://www.Twitter.com/ShawnByfield. It’s really ME replying, no trained monkeys here.

Spring into action!

– Shawn B

Toronto’s Favourite Adult Dance Studio Taps Into Morning News

BDX in the news! In case you missed it, here’s a segment from Breakfast Television live at my Toronto dance studio. We had four segments total and had the most FUN morning!

Canada’s leading tap dance instructor & tap choreographer Shawn Byfield with dancers at Byfield Dance Experience demonstrate beginner tap dance steps on Toronto’s most popular morning news show. Live on air, Byfield shows Canadian viewers how fun tap dancing is, and how adults of all ages can learn.

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