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.

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Top 4 Things That Made Me Smile Today

Tap shoes on Shawn Byfield

So. I’m slightly injured.

I’ve been rehearsing for a film, teaching and running BDX, teaching dance workshops at public schools, and letting the world know about my show. Plus other stuff like performing, newspaper and other media interviews & community work.

I love what I do. I hardly ever complain. I’m blessed to live a life in entertainment! I get to do TV appearances, dance classes, movies, school workshops, kick-ass studio, guest speaking, choreography, interviews, travelling…

Like seriously- There’s about 15 theatre productions running in Toronto right now. And one of them is mine.

Rusty screwdrivers suck

Ok. I’ve been rehearsing for a couple of things. One of them is a new dance movie coming out next year sometime. (Working with some seriously talented peeps and choreographers @NappyTabs @Nick_Gonzalez1)

Last Thursday, my body decided I should have a break, so it strategically damaged one of the discs in my lower spine and tightened the surrounding muscles. Feels like someone has a rusty screwdriver poking UPWARDS on my vertebrae, sending a sharp, shooting pain toward my shoulder blades.

Fun times! All of a sudden, instead of “Well hello world! Nice to tweet you!” I’m saying things like “mutha f**k! This pain is some bulls**t” when attemting to get out of bed…

I’m getting better. Pretty quickly actually, thanks to acupuncture and chiropractor visits to my Dr Ho, because this was no band-aid boo boo.

But not being able to fully dance SUCKS.

Know what I mean?

Even though I’m hurting a bit, I’m still thankful for my blessings. There’s always things, people and activities that make me smile daily! Some major awesome, and some silly but still a mood changer.

In random order, here’s the top 4 things that made me smile TODAY:

1) My interactive dance workshop with Grade 9 – 12 students: I taught a fun basic steppin class at St Lawrence Community Centre. A high school from Burlington came to watch I Think I Can. We had a pre-show workshop where they learned some tap history, dance moves and came up with their OWN step choreography. THEY WERE AWESOME. Why steppin? Big Boots characters do some in the show.

2) The Apple Store: I bought something? Yes. Call me Zeus, because I now have Thunderbolt.

3) This shiny new Sigma lens for my Rebel T2i. This beauty now lives with me. Speaking of smiling, hope you brushed your teeth next time I see you…

4) This has got to be the BEST thing I heard all day. If you’ve ever doubted the power and freedom of dance, or the wisdom and intellect of children, READ THIS:

At the end of each show at LKTYP we have what’s called a Talk Back. Cast members stay on stage and answer questions from the audience. A question was asked TO the audience

“Why do the kids in the show speak with their feet and not their voices?” To which one incredibly smart child around 10 years old, replied without hesitation:

“Because dancing speaks louder than words.”

Ain’t that the truth.

What injury? That kid healed my life today better than any expert doctor ever could. Now I’ll be dancing “full out” soon!

Hope this made YOU smile,

– Shawn B
@ShawnByfield

Been injured? Aside from getting the right treatment and rest, what helps YOU cheer up? Comment or TWEET ME your thoughts.