Here’s SOMETHING You Can Try To Defeat Daily Negative News

I work hard to make a positive contribution to this planet in all that I do. Period.

Bringing joy to people’s lives, removing doubt, building confidence, and setting a positive example is being part of the SOLUTION. I refuse to be part of the problem and seen as a stereotype. I resist being typecast, there’s enough of that on TV. I refuse to let these daily negative news stories derail me from my purpose.

But I gotta say, as each week unfolds, it’s becoming more and more challenging to climb this mountain…

Anybody feel me?

Here’s what I try to do. Maybe it’ll help someone reading this:

The quickest way to make a difference is to be actionable. Every day, DO SOMETHING that makes people remember their purpose. DO SOMETHING that brings joy to lives. DO SOMETHING to remind people that good still exists. DO SOMETHING to enrich your community. DO SOMETHING to nourish your own soul and fill your well, so you can pour into others. DO SOMETHING to remind the media that for every 1 negative story, there’s 99 positive ones happening right under your nose you deserve to hear about.

Don’t fall in the trap of aimlessly trolling social media just to comment, judge, and expand hate. You’re better than that, we all are.

* Sigh. *

Dear Bob Marley, Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye, we need your songs right now.

Through all this heartache around us, I encourage you to be a difference maker. We need to fight for what’s right, and it starts by being a positive light in your family and community. DO SOMETHING to enrich people’s lives every time they meet you. DO SOMETHING to exchange smiles.

Be a teacher, and share a vision of admiration, of connection, and of hope. Be a student, and ask what it takes to bring peace not just to others in your circle, but also to yourself- because sometimes the toughest battle is held in that small space between your ears.

I need every human reading this to FIGHT to be a part of the solution! Because you deserve it.

Who’s in?

If you’re in, share something of VALUE below. No rants. No pointing fingers. No them vs us. No hashtags. Take a moment to say something GOOD, because that’s what the world needs right now.

The Beatles had it right when they sang all we need is ____. You have the power to DO SOMETHING about it, so share some!

Shawn Byfield

As a sought-after presenter, choreographer, coach and entrepreneur, Shawn Byfield’s unique perspective is enjoyed by thousands who train and mentor with him every year. To start learning, yearning, movin’ or groovin’… contact Shawn before today ends.

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This Is The Congratulations That High School Graduates Need To Hear

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Nowadays, high school is TOUGH. Times HAVE changed.

Every year I see stressed, discouraged, uninspired students who have a lot to deal with. A lot of it surrounds home life balance and support structures. Students have non-school stuff going on that they rarely tell others about- family issues, relationships, mental health, relocations, and more.

Many times you’re forced into adulthood sooner than expected.  You could have chosen to pack up and quit, but you didn’t. You saw it through.

High school is our first major LIFE exam, and the best news is… you passed! What you learned in the last few years of high school will significantly influence the person you’ll become tomorrow. YOU can, and will make a difference. Congratulations! And WELL DONE.

– Shawn Byfield

THINK BIGGER!

Who Else Wants To Become A Top Choreographer, Director, Pop Sensation Or Television Celebrity? ** Here’s The SECRET **

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DANCERS!

Listen. I’m actually quite upset…

There’s a whole world of opportunity out there. You can do anything you put your mind to…

So Why Is Shawn So Upset?

Because too many dancers only aspire to be a “backup dancer” for some artist. That’s their DREAM. And that’s fine…

…But why not dream bigger?

What’s the harm in having a more creative, fulfilling idea of your future? Why limit yourself to being in the background, when you were born with more to offer?

You can do and become literally ANYTHING you want. I truly believe this, and you should too. If you want to become an award-winning choreographer, popular vocalist, famous director, best-selling author or TV celebrity you need to…

THINK BIGGER!

THINK BIGGER!

The Secret To Instantly Expanding Your Reach…

What’s the secret? It’s simple. All you need to do is just THINK BIGGER. Think about this:

Why not become a nationally respected pop artist, and have your OWN backup dancers?

Or why not write your own play, cast yourself as the lead, and YOU be the director?

I can go on and on. I was fortunate to be an artistic consultant, dance choreographer AND played an actor on a national television show, Working The Engels (Global TV.) And guess what? It’s airing on NBC this summer! Which means not just Canada, but the entire North America will watch.

Just one example of a THINK BIGGER mentality. That opportunity only came my way because I’ve been preparing for it.

BONUS: I worked side-by-side with Director Jason Priestley (see photo above) and 1st AD Mark Pancer. Look them up if you don’t know who they are.

Life opens up opportunities to you, and you either take them or stay afraid of taking them. – Jim Carrey

Another example:

Theatre productions are hard to come by in Toronto. So, I co-wrote AND choreographed my own musical (i Think i Can) that was not only nominated for awards (and won,) it thrilled our audience every single performance. AND, it was remounted for another successful run at the National Arts Centre, proudly in the nation’s capital.

FYI: The story in my show was “told” through tap dance. Now you don’t see THAT on a regular.

I’m so grateful to be a Gemini Award nominee! Holy eff! I’m also a Dora Award Winner because a show I created was more outstanding than We Will Rock You! Who can say that? I actually can. That’s an honour that makes me teeth smile.

And… I’m HAPPY. Because what I do is friggin’ FUN.

BTW: Want to pay your rent? Artists always go through the financial roller-coaster… but thinking bigger PAYS WAY BETTER than being a backup dancer. Just saying. 😉

** IMPORTANT! **

Read (Don’t Skip, READ) This FULL DISCLOSURE

IMPORTANT! Absolutely NONE of this post is about my ego. I’m not sharing this to brag. I’m sharing this because too many dancers think too small, and don’t think it’s possible to do or be better. I want to encourage you to think BIGGER. Artists are remarkably talented and resilient, and have the advantage of creativity & discipline combined with equal use of left and right brain.

I had very minimal financial resources growing up, got teased as a child and had to change light bulbs and scrub toilets JUST to continue dancing and learning. Whatever is keeping you from thinking or assuming you “can’t” I’m here to tell you that YOU TOTALLY CAN.

You also DESERVE to be happy. And you can be. But don’t be fooled! You need to know this in advance:

It doesn’t come easy. Just like any other field, the Entertainment biz is HARD.

So to get you started, use these three EXTREMELY important habits you need to develop to have success in your future career:

  1. You have to suck it up and WORK HARD (and put in all the effort required)

  2. You absolutely must have a PROACTIVE MINDSET (not a reactive mindset)

  3. You need to constantly EXPAND YOUR SKILL SET (to attract new opportunities)

There’s more, but these three will get you started. Are you SERIOUS about making a career out of your craft?

Do you want to be offered MORE OPPORTUNITIES? Are you interested in MAKING GOOD MONEY doing what you do?

If yes, you should learn from the people that can help you get there. I say this, because not everyone can help you. There’s a lot of “talk” out there and not enough walk.

With that said, I’m currently putting an intense course together that you might want to attend, that if you’re an upcoming dancer, model, actor or entrepreneur helps you get started on the RIGHT path, the SMART way.

Comment below or email me. Let me know if you’re interested and tell me about your dreams. I’m here to help! But you’ll be stuck in the same place if you don’t contact me and take ACTION.

Will I hear from you? Will you click that link and email me? Hope so,

– @ShawnByfield

 

Shawn-thumbnailAs a sought-after dance choreographer, performer, presenter, coach and entrepreneur, Shawn Byfield’s unique perspective is enjoyed by thousands who dance, train and mentor with him every year. To get your group learning, yearning, movin’ or groovin’… contact Shawn before today ends! Email Shawn@ShawnByfield.com right now.

Are You Selfish? Here’s The Best Way To Use It For Others

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Let’s face it… It’s actually NOT about you.

Zig Ziglar said it best: come from a place of service. Put other people’s wants needs and desires first. When you help enough people get what they want, you’ll in turn be rewarded with what you want.

Wow! Rocket science!

I’ve always loved this principle, and work hard to encourage or inspire others around me. But don’t get me wrong. You might relate to me on this one…

Yup, Totally Selfish

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It’s true- we all have wants and needs and we all need help to achieve our goals. I have giant dreams. Pretty sure you do also. As humans, we’re totally selfish by nature. It’s a survival thing, and that’s OK.

BUT! The life altering difference is realizing this: People genuinely WANT to help others that genuinely care about them. Consider this fact: Helping others is embedded in the deepest fibers of our being. I support you, you support me. And the cycle continues.

Isn’t that the way it should be?

“Yeah, But I Feel Bad For Asking…”

Don’t worry… There’s nothing wrong in wanting something. There’s nothing wrong in having desires. And there’s NOTHING WRONG with somebody wanting something from YOU.

The question to ask yourself is this: Will your exchange be a mutual beneficial one? Or is one of you being greedy or self indulgent at the others expense?

Listen… Healthy tribes and communities are not grown through individual greed.

It’s not about you! Its actually about “we.” How can WE help each other? That’s how healthy communities thrived for thousands of years. Everyone had something unique to offer. They in turn relied on the services and asked help of others to prosper provide for their family.

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So let me ask you… How have you shown interest in others lately? How have you tried to help THEM? And how can you aid, help or simply encourage just one more person today?

Here’s your chance to find ways to nurture, help and encourage others. You’ll find a reward waiting for you!

Have an inspired week,
– Shawn B

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Ancient Sensei Wisdom That Will Help You Crush This Year Like A Ricecake

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Ancient Sensei Wisdom That Will Help You Crush This Year Like A Ricecake

Happy New Year! Sending you the most positive energy you can handle this new year.

Come, let’s sit. Remove your shoes grasshopper. Have some tea.

Slow your breath. Fill your lungs. Focus on only the words on this page.

Now. Let’s reflect on the many positive experiences that you enjoyed last year. Start this year appreciating the friends you’ve made, and raise your tea to the wisdom you learned. You are truly blessed.

For that, you should smile.

And with the good comes the not so good. Reflect also on the disappointments you had to overcome, and any obstacles you’ve conquered. We ALL face roadblocks and walls in our path. Everything is about balance, that’s just a part of life.

Raise your tea. Because for that, you should also smile.

“A master is not one who does not fall down;
A master is simply one who gets up quickly.”

You will be knocked down. We all fall down. That’s part of the Good Fight.

But persistent, positive people always choose to trek forward. Because of that determination, we manage to find the right detour.

So remind yourself to:

  • Celebrate your successes
  • Learn from your lessons
  • Accept the Yin AND the Yang
  • Embrace the good WITH the bad because we need both

You should be proud of yourself. Despite everything you went through last year, you’re STILL here.

Whoosh! Faster Than A Speeding Bullet (Train)

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Isn’t it amazing how quickly a year can fly?

So much happens in 365 days. Many great memories, some not so great. And some entire days you can’t remember at all!

That’s just how the sushi rolls.

Guaranteed, the world will continue turning. Streams will continue to flow. You are never defeated, because tomorrow you’ll have another spectacular day of adventure waiting for you.

ZEN QUESTIONS EVERY WARRIOR MUST ASK ONESELF:

Are you happy with how things turned out last year? Are you content with your lessons? Are you eager to continue walking your current path?

Or…

Do you seek a new path this year? Do you secretly desire something to change? Do you wish to learn something new? To work somewhere different? Do LIVE and BE MORE?

Contrary to what some people around you may say, you don’t have to settle and accept where you are. You can do whatever you want. If you want to change something, then you don’t need their permission to change it.

Ancient wisdom states:

“Expect the best, then detach from the outcome”

When you do this, you put your best vibes out into the Universe and set yourself up for success. Whatever it is you desire, start with trusting yourself. But know that whatever you put out there may not fully make it back to you when you expect it.

And, give yourself permission to trust in your own instincts.

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“I Know Kung-Fu…”

Isn’t it amazing how time flies?

They say patience is a virtue. It’s true. You don’t get a black belt in Kung-Fu in a week. Or a month. It takes years to learn the katas slowly, step by step. You gotta fight for it.

Just like Neo in The Matrix, sometimes you must slow things down and assess your immediate situation. Take time to study.

Remember how he skillfully dodged bullets on that rooftop? They were coming at him at lightning speed, weren’t they… So what did he do?

He chose to slow his world down to do some fancy evasive maneuvers.

You can too.

Sometimes that choice is hard. Sometimes making a choice that can improve your life is a scary fight. But what’s waiting for you on the other side could be life-changing.

Arm yourself to fight for what you truly want this year. In true Sensei style, here’s some powerful kung-fu techniques you can actually use immediately:

4 Hands Free Kung-Fu Master Moves That Once Perfected, Will Help You Dominate This Year Like You’ve Never Done Before

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1) Be honest with where you are now, and envision where you want to be in the next 12 months

Think big, don’t be wimpy. It takes no more energy to think BIG than it does to think small, so give yourself a fighting chance!

Break down your vision into chunks: What do you need to do monthly? Weekly? Daily? Write it out, then put it somewhere you can see and be reminded of it daily. I’ll be doing more of this and I highly suggest you do the same.

2) Work your ass off the SMART way, to make it work out

I do mean work. And I do mean SMART. Because reality is: whatever you want WON’T happen overnight. If you’re looking for something remarkable to come your way, you need to clear a path. And most of us have a lot of sh*t blocking the way…

…so you’ll need to put consistent sweat and effort, over a long period of time to make a path for your desires to present themselves. One year will come and pass just like the last one did. Will you let the days pass you by?

3) Be willing to give something up

The word is called… SACRIFICE. Gasp! Most times, whatever it is you want- to learn something new, start your own business, have more family time, travel and explore, or have more YOU time- takes some sort of sacrifice. I don’t know what that is for you. But I do know this:

Your mother sacrificed 9 months of her life to bring you into this world. Are you willing to sacrifice at least 9 months to bring YOUR desires and changes to life? I suggest you get off Candy Crush, stop partying like you’re on tour with Aerosmith every weekend and invest those extra hours into something productive. Because you will never regret something that you put your ALL into.

4) ASK for help. ASK for assistance. Just ask

This could potentially be one of the most important tips to help you grow and succeed in your new year. Go out and find the people that have the expertise you need, and ASK THEM for their advice. Because as they say, “If you don’t ask, you…”

And… Stop being a chicken. Pick up the phone. Send them and email. Attend their event and speak with them after. Quit making excuses for why you “can’t” ask for help. There are good people in this world who want to help you! But you must ask. Whether you pay for the right service, hire a seasoned consultant or team up with a respected business leader- find the RIGHT person qualified to give help.

SENSEI SAYS: Your friends and family most times WILL NOT be the right people to ask. Seek those who have experienced what you want.

Friends and family want to keep you safe. But… if you want the ripest fruit, you must climb up the tree.

There you have it. Use these skills to your advantage, but only use these techniques for GOOD. Remember, Neo knew when to ask for help. Will you go and do the same?

And never, ever stop believing in what YOUR heart speaks to you. You’re unique for a reason. Listen to YOUR inner wisdom

Share that with everyone you encounter this year and the next. Leave your mark!

– Shawn Byfield

Shawn ByfieldShawn Byfield is a sought-after dance choreographer, presenter, small business coach and entrepreneur. Shawn’s refreshing advice is enjoyed by thousands who work, train and mentor with him nationwide. To book or interview Shawn, visit www.ShawnByfield.com

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