The moment Katniss and Peeta, their clothes on fire, rode their chariots into the arena, people took notice of them. It was not only the most impressive entrance of the year, but it stood out as perhaps the most unique introduction of all time. You could argue that blaze around her might have been the single most influential reason why Katniss was able to gain support in the games. Yes, her quiet honesty in the interview helped as did her marksmanship with a bow. But had she not been the rave of the pace following her introduction, it is doubtful that too many would have paid attention to her in the other areas.
Today, we are going to look at a few life lessons we can learn from Katniss’s now famous entrance.
1. First impressions mean everything. No matter what arena we enter in life, it is important to make a good first impression. That is what people remember. Right or wrong, that is often how people judge us. Any time you go into a new situation, whether it be a job interview, a new church, a new organization, or anything else you are going into, focus on making a good first impression. Smile. Be friendly. Give a good handshake. Look people in the eye when speaking to them or they are speaking to you. These are just a few good ways of making a good first impression.
2. Be on fire. Obviously, I don’t mean for you to literally be on fire. But people respect someone who is figuratively “on fire” – someone who has a zeal or passion that is noticed by everyone. You probably have known people in your life who were on fire for something. In Christian circles, you hear about people who are “on fire for God.” Those are the people who have a passion to follow hard after God. In other circles, you might see someone who is passionate about a cause and they fight hard for that cause. If someone is on fire about their career, they work extra hard, go the extra mile, and can never seem to stop talking about it.
3. Have a good reputation. In The Hunger Games, whether she meant to or not, immediately gained a reputation. She was known as “The Girl on Fire.” For her, that was a very positive reputation and it helped catapult her to stardom and eventually success. We need to do everything we can to make sure that we have a good reputation. A good reputation can carry you to places you otherwise could not go. Conversely, a bad reputation keeps you from going places you want to go. Katniss did not really work hard on gaining a good reputation. But those around her worked hard for her. Cinna, Peeta, and even Haymitch did and said things for her that helped build her reputation. She made the decision to follow their advice and thus, she gained a good reputation.
The next time you are in a new situation, what kind of things are you going to do to make sure that you leave a good first impression?
What are things that you are passionate about? What sets you on fire?
What steps can you take to make sure that you have a great reputation?