Santa Claus is Coming!

A Teen Leadership and Mentoring Blog


Dan Blanchard award-winning author, speaker and educator

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

This Holiday season I have just been reminded of the power of wanting something really bad, and truly believing that you can have anything you want if you want it bad enough.

Now I’m not claiming to be smart enough to figure out all the Universe’s unwritten laws, but I just witnessed one of them and it made quite an impression on me.

You see, my son really wanted a computer for Christmas, but my wife and I just didn’t have the money. Every week, sometimes even several times a week, he reminded me of how badly he wanted a computer. And every week, I felt that little pain in my stomach wondering I we was going to get him one.

Now, as I mentioned above, I don’t claim to know all the universe’s unwritten laws, but I do know that if you tell yourself or your children over and over again that you can’t afford it, then you’ll never be able to afford it. That kind of talk and that kind of thinking does nothing but shut down your mind. Instead, I kept telling my son, “I know. I know. We’re going to try to figure out a way to get you a computer.”

This was slightly painful because I had no idea on I was going to get him a computer. But I knew I had to leave my mind open to possibilities. The next thing I did was share my situation with some of my friends and co-workers in order to help expand my thought process on how I was going to get my son a computer. Remember, it’s all about keeping your mind open to possibilities, and not allowing it to shut down in failure.

Well, you’re not going to believe what happened! A couple of days before Christmas a co-worker comes to me with a computer that he was getting rid of. He just bought his kid a new computer and no longer needed the older one. I was amazed and extremely grateful! My son really, really, really, wanted a computer and I refused to tell him no because I really, really, really wanted him to get one. And voila there it was! Isn’t the power of friends and the power of this universe amazing?

You should have seen my face! You should have seen my son’s face on Christmas morning!

This whole experience reminded me of the power of belief. It also reminded me of the power of Santa and Christmas, as well as the power of an open mind, and the friendship of others…

Now I ask you, can you believe in these things mentioned above? Can you keep the faith even when times are rough? Can everyday from now on be like Christmas? Santa is just over the horizon… What will you ask for next? What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? Go ahead, get up there on Santa Clause’s lap and just ask the universe for whatever you want next… And Voila…

And finally, please share how you’re going to use the success secret of Santa Claus is Coming.


Thanks for your time,


Daniel Blanchard

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