leadership

Life Flights

Recent airline travel for a vacation trip to Chicago offered an excellent opportunity for me to observe some important life lessons that are often overlooked during hectic business trips. Leisure travel with my wife made me aware of some simple travel truths experienced that are easily translated to our daily life flight. 

There has always been a cost for excess baggage. When the airlines started charging for extra baggage, folks were in an uproar. Truth is we pay daily for all the excess baggage we personally haul around. It definitely affects our balance, power consumption and altitude.

Pressurized cabins require lots of oxygen. Whenever we are feeling pressure all around us, it is the time to breathe deeply. So many times we get caught up in trying to multitask and take everything in that we forget about the basic need to supply our brain with oxygen to stay focused. Slow down and breathe deep.

A one-way ticket is going to cost more. Typically airline travel is more economical when booking a round-trip. Life is the same; you always gain more when your relationships involve give and take.

You can still land safely even when you have flown through turbulence. Every flight is not going to be smooth. Sometimes you have to fly through, over, under or around the storms. The key to arriving at your destination is to have a safe landing.

Check your bags, buckle up and enjoy your journey from a higher altitude.

Attitude Altimeter

Our attitudes are so often influenced by outside factors – day of week, special events, health, time of day, travel and yes, certainly those we interact with each day. While most of us are quick to adjust our attitudes in response to some of the aforementioned items, few of are aware of or check our personal attitude altimeter.

We rely on all types of gauges throughout the day to ensure we don’t go over the speed limit, run out of gas, arrive timely, remember our appointments and are comfortable in our surroundings. Unfortunately for too many of us, myself included, we fail to keep an eye on a most important gauge, our attitude altimeter, to ensure a smooth flight throughout our daily lives.  Truth be known, many of us don’t realize we even have an altitude altimeter and by default we allow our emotions to act as such.

Absent of the physical presence of an attitude gauge, I am slowly learning how to improve the navigation of the daily terrain I traverse. Far from accomplished in the process, I have learned a few key steps to better optimize my personal attitude altimeter:

1. You can only adjust your own attitude gauge.

While we may impact and influence others with our attitudes, just as they do to us, attitudes are only adjusted by the individual that owns them.

2. Your body provides continued signals of your attitude altimeter.

Just as you prefer to enjoy a smooth flight or even keeled attitude, you have to be quick to respond and appropriately adjust to your attitude altimeter’s warning lights.

3. Proper maintenance is continually required for optimal performance.

You are your own ground and baggage crew. You have to know and maintain proper loads and balance for optimal life flight.

Our individual attitude altimeter is the important gauge for us to measure and monitor in order to optimize everything we seek to accomplish and encounter. Keep in mind that while we may be able to observe someone else’s attitude altimeter, our view and perspective makes reading theirs is much more difficult to accurately gauge. We can offer support and suggestion to influence it, but honestly an attitude altimeter is only controlled by the individual.

A good flight with a safe landing, whether airborne or through life, will always be subject to keeping your eye on the altimeter.