It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Yeah, that’s right. It’s that time of year where you take the kids to the store just to stand in a long line and get a picture with Santa. It’s an adventure and you just never know how it will all turn out. The picture in the post is a couple of years old but shows a typical result of the endeavor. As I walked away from the event, I thought of 5 facts about Santa Claus that could benefit you and I.
1. He’s Patient.
He sits there all day long doing the same thing over and over. He spends his day holding babies, waving his hands and posing for pictures. I never once saw him complain. The only people that were complaining were the adults and some of the kids because it’s hard for toddlers to stay in one place for that long.
Patience is a key to success. Nothing great happens overnight. Your dream will take time to grow, form and develop. Don’t get in a hurry and don’t get ahead of yourself.
2. He’s A Risk Taker.
Think about it. All day long he comes in contact with strangers of all sizes, shapes and ages. It’s during one of the most “sickest” seasons there is. The Flu virus is being passed around like Christmas cards at an elementary school party. Yet, with all of that going on, he is willing to take the risk to make others happy. I’m sure he gets a flu shot and has a good supply of hand sanitizer near by.
If you’re going to do anything in life you will have to take a risk. The bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. Risk takers are world changers and are remembered for long periods of time.
3. He Makes A Lasting Impression.
As we stood there in line for over an hour and a half, my wife and I started small talk with the other adults to help the time pass more quickly. I was so amazed at how we as adults began to talk about our own childhood experience with Santa Claus. Every adult was able to tell the memory with such detail as if it just happened yesterday. Now that’s what I call leaving a lasting impression.
What are you doing today for others that they will remember for the rest of their life?
4. He’s A Very Secure Person.
Santa already knows that about 60% of the kids that will sit on his lap are totally afraid of him or don’t like him. Some of them even go so far as to kick, scream and throw a fit the moment they get anywhere near him. With all of that, he doesn’t let that bother him one bit. Why? Because he is secure in himself.
Let’s face it, in life, you will encounter people that simply don’t like you. Some may say ugly things about you. This is where you will need to have some “thick skin” and not wear your feelings on your sleeve. You must be confident in who you are and know that you don’t need the approval of others to be successful.
5. He’s Very Consistent.
He always shows up about the same time every year for as long as I can remember. Chances are, he will continue to show up until the end of the world. His consistency gives him credibility and longevity.
What areas in your life do you need to be more consistent in?