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10 Reasons Why You Should Always Pick A Window Seat When You Fly!

10 Reasons Why You Should Always Pick A Window Seat When You Fly!

Do you prefer the aisle, middle or window seat when flying? We would urge you, under normal circumstances, to always go for the window seat.

When you choose the window seat, you’ll have a harder time getting to the bathroom, but at least you won’t be the one being bothered every time by a seat mate who wants you to move so he can go to the bathroom. There is a wall on one side so, for the most part, you are insulated enough that you won’t be affected by other people’s behavior.

“You can create your own little space by the window,” says, psychologist and University of Washington professor Jonathan Bricker, Ph.D. The spot feels cozier, and you can rest a pillow against the wall for more comfy naps. “You can create a little bit of a home,” he says. But, the fact that the window seat allows you to watch breathtaking views outside of that window—that is what is most compelling.

Appreciating beauty in this world from the window seat.

As adults, we often miss the magical experience that is flying. You actually know you are an adult, someone jokingly said, when you no longer clamor for the window seat.

Without a doubt the world is a beautiful place, one that looks entirely different from up above. From stunning sunrises and sunsets, to awe-inspiring cityscapes and landscapes and mesmerizing cloud formations, the beauty from up there is boundless and magical. You’re invariably rewarded when you remember to look.

For instance, the views outside that window of the actual Rocky Mountains from 30,000-feet above sea level are infinitely better than watching an in-flight movie about the Rockies. What such majestic views bring to our lives, our perspectives and our outlooks is undeniably the stuff of dreams.

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If you don’t quite believe us, here are some pictures that give you more reasons why you should always ask for a window seat. These pictures will help you think about how much of life and beauty you’ll be missing out on when you forego the window seat or let your fear of flying overcome you.

1. The sunrises are spectacular from the skies.

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    In this photo, the early morning light illuminates Dusseldorf in a breathtaking new way, as seen from a window seat. Beautiful sight. (Photo credit: Florian Seiffert/Flickr.)

    2. And sunsets are pretty epic too.

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      As spectacular as sunrises are, sunsets are equally spectacular when viewed from the air. (Photo credit: Oblivious Dude/Flickr.)

      3. You could even see a rainstorm like this off in the distance.

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        Wow, just take a look at that rainstorm, as seen from this airplane window. It’s simply amazing. It puts everything into perspective in a breathtaking way. (Photo credit: Haley Luna/Flickr.)

        4. Or Chicago’s skyline reflected in Lake Michigan.

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          The Chicago skyline reflected in Lake Michigan, as seen from this airplane window, is rare and quite a spectacle to behold. (Photo credit: Mark Hersch | Twitter.)

          5. What of waterfalls in all their glory? Riveting!

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            Seeing the Kaieteur Falls, Guyana from the ground is majestic in its own right, but it’s an entirely different prospect to view it from the air. The scene is priceless. (Photo credit: Cody H /Flickr.)

            6. And seeing the highest point in Africa will leave you breathless.

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              There are few things in this world quite as awe-inspiring as seeing the gorgeous, snow covered Mount Kilimanjaro rising out of the ground from your plane window. What a sight! (Photo credit: Kyle Mijlof.)

              7. Enjoy front row views of an endless sea of clouds.

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                Seeing ordinary clouds up close in an entirely new way from the comfort of your window seat is such a pleasure. And just riding the clouds for miles on end, it’s spectacular. (Photo credit: Marj Stevens/Flickr.)

                8. Maybe you’ll see your first frozen lake.

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                  Occasionally, those by the window seat may see the whole expanse of Lake Mendota frozen from an airplane aerial view. How cool is that? That’s pretty cool. (Photo credit: Alan Wolf/Flickr.)

                  9. Or perhaps, you’ll see your first volcano.

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                    This picture of Mount Taranaki as seen from the airplane window, is nothing short of stunning. Wouldn’t you agree? (Photo credit: Jon Sullivan/Flickr.)

                    10. And even views of a sprawling metropolis are pretty memorable.

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                      When flying into one of New York City’s several airports, lucky travelers will get a gorgeous view of lower Manhattan. You won’t see views like these from the aisle. (Photo credit: Alamy stock photo.)

                      Featured photo credit: Linh Nguyen via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on February 20, 2019

                      How to Get Promoted When You Feel Stuck in Your Current Position

                      How to Get Promoted When You Feel Stuck in Your Current Position

                      Are you stuck in the same position for too long and don’t really know how to get promoted and advance your career?

                      Feeling stuck could be caused by a variety of things:

                      • Taking a job for the money
                      • Staying with an employer that no longer aligns with your values
                      • Realizing that you landed yourself in the wrong career
                      • Not feeling valued or feeling underutilized
                      • Staying in a role too long out of fear
                      • Taking a position without a full understanding of the role

                      There are many, many other reasons why you may be feeling this way but let’s focus instead on getting unstuck.

                      As in – getting promoted.

                      So how to get promoted?

                      I’m of the opinion that the best way to get promoted is by showing how you add value to your organization.

                      Did you make money, save money, improve a process, or some other amazing thing? How else might you demonstrated added value?

                      Let’s dive right in how to get promoted when you feel stuck in your current position:

                      1. Be a Mentor

                      When I supervised students, I used to warm them – tongue in cheek, of course – about getting really good at their job.

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                      “Be careful not to get too good at this, or you’ll never get to do anything else?”

                      This was my way of pestering them to take on additional challenges or think outside the box, but there is definitely some reality in doing something so well that your manager doesn’t trust anyone else to do it.

                      This can get you stuck.

                      Jo Miller of Be Leaderly shares this insight on when your boss thinks you’re too valuable in your current job:[1]

                      “Think back to a time when you really enjoyed your current role. I bet there was a time when this job was a stretch for you, and you stepped up to the challenge and performed like a rock star. You became known for doing your job so well that you built up some strong “personal brand” equity, and people know you as the go-to-person for this particular job. That’s what we call “a good problem to have”: you did a really good job of building a positive perception about your suitability for the role, but you may have done “too” good of a job!”

                      With this in mind, how do you prove to your employer that you can add value by being promoted?

                      In Miller’s insight, she talks about building your personal brand and becoming known for doing a particular job well. So how can you link that work with a position or project that will earn you a promotion?

                      Consider leveraging your strengths and skills.

                      Let’s say that project you do so well is hiring and training new entry level employees. You have to post the job listing, read and review resumes, schedule interviews, making hiring decisions, and create the training schedules. These tasks require skills such as employee relations, onboarding, human resources software, performance management, teamwork, collaboration, customer service, and project management. That’s a serious amount of skills!

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                      Is there anyone else on your team who can perform these skills? Try delegating and training some of your staff or colleagues to learn your job. There are a number of reasons why this is a good idea:

                      1. Cross-training helps in any situation in the event that there’s an extended illness and the main performer of a certain task is out for a while.
                      2. In becoming a mentor to a supervisee or colleague, you empower then to increase their job skills.
                      3. You are already beginning to demonstrate that added value to your employer by encouraging your team or peers to learn your job.

                      Now that you’ve trained others to do that work for which you have been so valued, you can see about re-requesting that promotion. Be ready to explain how you have saved the company money, encouraged employees to increase their skills, or reinvented that project of yours.

                      2. Work on Your Mindset

                      Another reason you may feel stuck in a position is well explained by Ashley Stahl in her Forbes article. Shahl talks about mindset, and says:[2]

                      “If you feel stuck at a job you used to love, it’s normally you–not the job–who needs to change. The position you got hired for is probably the exact same one you have now. But if you start to dread the work routine, you’re going to focus on the negatives.”

                      In this situation, you should pursue a conversation with your supervisor and share your thoughts and feelings. You can probably get some advice on how to rediscover the aspects of that job you enjoyed, and negotiate either some additional duties or a chance to move up.

                      Don’t express frustration. Express a desire for more.

                      Share with your supervisor that you want to be challenged and you want to move up. You are seeking more responsibility in order to continue moving the company forward. Focus on how you can do that with the skills you have and will develop with some additional projects and coaching.

                      3. Improve Your Soft Skills

                      When was the last time you put focus and effort into upping your game with those soft skills? I’m talking about those seemingly intangible things that make you the experienced professional in your specific job skills:

                      An article on Levo.com suggests that more than 60 percent of employers look at soft skills when making a hiring decision.[3]

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                      You can bone up on these skills and increase your chances of promotion by taking courses or seminars.

                      And you don’t necessarily need to request funding from your supervisor, either. There are dozens of online courses being presented by entrepreneurs and authors about these very subjects. Udemy and Creative Live both feature online courses at very reasonable prices. And some come with completion certificates for your portfolio!

                      Another way to improve your soft skills is by connecting with an employee at your organization who has the position you are seeking.

                      Express your desire to move up in the organization, and ask to shadow that person or see if you can sit in on some of her meetings. Offer to take that individual out for coffee and ask what her secret is! Take copious notes and then immerse yourself in the learning.

                      The key here is not to copy your new mentor (think Jennifer Jason Leigh in “Single White Female.” Just kidding). Rather, you want to observe, learn and then adapt according to your strengths. And don’t forget to thank that person for their time.

                      4. Develop Your Strategy

                      Do you even know specifically WHY you want to be promoted anyway? Do you see a future at this company? Do you have a one year, five year, or ten year plan? How often do you consider your “why” and insure that it aligns with your “what?”

                      Sit down and do an old-fashioned Pro and Con list. Two columns:

                      Pro’s on one side, Con’s on the other.

                      Write down every positive aspect of your current job and then every negative one. Which list is longer? Are there any themes present?

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                      Look at your lists and choose the most exciting Pro’s and the most frustrating Con’s. Do those two Pro’s make the Con’s worth it? If you can’t answer that question with a “yes” then getting promoted at your current organization may not be what you really want.

                      The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. –Mark Twain

                      Mel Carson writes about this on Goalcast that many other authors and speakers have written about finding your professional purpose.[4]

                      Here are some questions to ask yourself:

                      • Why is it that you do what you do?
                      • What thrills you about your current job role or career?
                      • What does a great day look like?
                      • What does success look like beyond the paycheck?
                      • What does real success feel like for you?
                      • How do you want to feel about your impact on the world when you retire?

                      These questions would be great to reflect on in a journal or with your supervisor in your next one-on-one meeting. Or, bring it up with one of your Vital Work Friends over coffee.

                      See, what you might find is that being stuck is your choice. And you can set yourself on the path of moving up where you are, or moving on to something different.

                      Because sometimes the real promotion is finding your life’s purpose. And like Mastercard says, that’s Priceless.

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