If You Struggle To Find Motivation Today, My Back Injury May Help You…

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DON’T take your gifts for granted! If you decided 2013 you would exercise/dance more, and you haven’t yet, guess what?

That can all change in the blink of an eye. It kills me to see…

…people take their abilities for granted. I created a safe place where friends can keep fit, throw down and release stress. I bust my butt every single day to encourage YOU to take class, get inspired, and surround yourself with positivity because that’s the best way to live!

But now, that’s changed…

…I was fine one minute, then instantly lost mobility the next. All I want to do is dance again! Teaching isn’t possible for a while, this sucks. I’m having a hard time encouraging YOU because honestly, I’m too busy thinking about ME.

Open Your Eyes! Look Around You…

So. Some of you need to wake up:

There are people in this world who would give EVERYTHING to have your health, your legs, your opportunities, or even just a CHOICE to improve and make life better. You are blessed and fortunate to have a choice.

Right now, injury has taken away my choice until I fully recover. As Mos Def says:

“Tomorrow may never come… for you and me, life is not promised.”

My blunt message to you is to STOP making excuses in your life and effing TRY something. If you don’t like it or it’s not for you, that’s OK! Just TRY. You DON’T know what will happen tomorrow.

As always, I share because I care. And Thank You for those of you who reached out, I appreciate your thoughts and energy.

DAILY INSPIRATION: Even If You’re Broke…

Daily inspiration and motivation

Daily inspiration and motivation from Shawn Byfield

Some daily inspiration and motivation for you. Even if you’re broke, you can make a difference.

Remember: true value isn’t created by how much money and “stuff” you have. It’s based on your positive relationships with PEOPLE. Sure “stuff” is nice and makes for more fun, but that’s just icing on the cake. Figure out HOW TO HELP OTHERS get what THEY want, and you’ll be rewarded with what YOU want.

Wishing you success today!

@ShawnByfield

BIG QUESTION: Do You Believe In Making A Positive Change?

Empty seats? Hell no. I took this shot the night before Dan Kennedy‘s 2011 Info Summit started. Let me tell you, this place was PACKED with eager, enthusiastic biz owners who wanted to make a difference.

Here’s an excerpt from an email I sent to my BDX team. Would love to know what you think,

@ShawnByfield

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“…I learned a lot this week in Atlanta at Info Summit. My brain is FULL! Also a great refresher and reminder of things I already knew but haven’t put into practice.

These next few months will be a challenge. I have a lot of work to do, a LOT of problem solving to do… but I’m extremely optimistic of the future. Not just mine, but YOURS too.


I quite enjoy learning exactly what to do from multi-millionaires with already successful businesses. I used to go away annually. It’s smart to only take advice from leaders with a proven track record. BTW: Coolest guy ever? James Malinchak. He was featured on last season of ABC’s “Secret Millionaire” and taught me some cool sh*t.

I was having chats with Bonnie last night. I let her know that what we do here isn’t just “dance classes.” There are so many other benefits of participating at BDX:

Providing social interaction – boosting confidence and self esteem – developing a positive mindset – rising to and overcoming challenges – helping peeps come out of their shell – empowerment – developing greater respect for others – exercise that provides people with a healthier life… this list goes on and on, and I’m not even talking about “dance.”

I believe in making a positive change in people’s lives. It’s not about fake, it’s not about bling, it’s not about shaking your ass like too many music videos tend to suggest. We can use dance to truly connect with people and raise personal and community standards.

Let me know what you think.”

Why You Should Kick Your Excuses To The Curb

WOW. Some people! Ok, I need to vent.

But what’s with the bra, you ask? I’ll tell you more about that later… Here’s what’s on my mind:

I really, truly, strongly dislike when people say can’t. Especially when I teach. You know, when people look me in the eye and say

“I can’t do this, I can’t do that…” I’m sure you know the type:

1.) The ones who simply don’t try. 2.) The few who admit defeat without even lifting a finger to see if they could. 3.) The ones who, when you’re giving your all, trying your absolute best and making an attempt at greatness, they continue to be the grey storm clouds filled with thunder and lightning, come to ruin a beautiful, sun-filled afternoon in the tropics.

Coincidentally, male or female, they all seem to own the same birth certificate because they share the exact same name:

“Debbie Downer”

Show Me To The Closest Urinal

And Debbie loves company. I call them energy suckers.

Anytime I meet an energy sucker in dance class, or waiting for the delayed streetcar, or buying cereal in aisle 3, (or any other place that humans congregate) I have the sudden urge to bolt like an Olympic sprinter to the men’s room because Grumpy Gary, Lazy Larry & Negative Nancy PISS me off.

Yeah, I said it.

STOP and listen Debbie. Listen real good, because this message is for you. I need to tell you something maybe you haven’t heard before: YES, you can.

Damnit Debbie! I said YES YOU CAN!

Sure, maybe not today. Or maybe not even this week. There’s no magic button you can push that will miraculously boost your confidence in 3 minutes or less, like one of those frozen TV dinners.

But if you try, practice, and STOP making excuses for your lack of effort you’ll see that eventually, in time, you CAN.

Let’s say your slightly-above-minimum-wage-too-much-black-tea-drinking-always-in-your-personal-space employer were to say to you: “Downer! I want you to try this” and you reply with “No dude, I can’t” without any real effort… regardless of how you feel about him or her you’d eventually get fired. Kicked to the curb.

So why fire yourself without trying? Don’t do it Debbster.

And while I’m at it…

Lose The Bra! (Or The BRO, As Kramer Would Have It)

Here’s a tip:

Change your attitude to challenges and you’ll achieve success quicker. Here’s how…

Shift your mindset when something “different” presents itself. Learn to embrace a little change. Don’t be afraid. Say to  yourself “Ok, let’s see what happens when I try this…” You might surprise yourself!

Throughout history the leaders, shows, businesses, artists, books and technologies that made an effort to try, think and embrace something different became the most successful. Tell yourself you CAN do it. Your mind will believe you.

So drop the excuses Double D, and throw out the negative support like a bad department store brassiere. (It never looked good on you anyway.) Burn that bad attitude! Judo-kick the self-defeating, self-doubting crap to the curb and start trying. Make an effort. Be optimistic.

And you’ll eventually see that yes, you can, Can, CAN!

– Shawn Byfield

PS: Do you know any Debbie’s? Does being optimistic help you? Are you afraid of trying? Share your thoughts below, I’d love to hear from you.