How fit is your brain?
Running for a prolonged distance of time…it’s supposed to be wild.”
– Ron Burgundy 1970
It is hard to believe but in 1962, the idea of jogging for your health did not exist. In 1963 jogging was introduced as a counter balance to the increasingly sedentary life of the middle aged citizens of the USA.
The first Joggers manual gave the following instructions on how to jog.
“Jogging is a bit more than a walk. Start with a short distance then increase as you improve. Jog until you are puffing, then walk until your breathing is normal again. Repeat until you have covered a mile or two, or three. Jogging… can be done ‘anywhere’ and by anyone.”
–Joggers manual 1963
Today jogging is a normal daily activity, as the importance of physical fitness has become mainstream.
Contemplative practices and cognitive training techniques are to our increasingly sedentary brains what jogging is to our bodies.
Neuroscience has shown that a daily regime of cognitive training builds mental focus, fitness, and flexibility. All abilities that are becoming the most sought after skills in the workplace.
‘The classic work on learning outcomes is that of Bloom et al. (1956), who identified three domains of learning: cognitive (mental skills, knowledge); affective (attitudes, emotions); and psychomotor (skills). Traditionally, many education systems have prioritised a small spectrum of the cognitive domain i.e. memorising and mimicking but in leadership development in particular, there has been a resurgence of interest in the other domains.’
By surveying 350 executives across 9 industries in 15 of the world’s biggest economies, The World Economic Forum identified 10 skills that will land you high-paying jobs by 2020.
- Cognitive flexibility
- Negotiation skills
- Service orientation
- Judgment and decision-making
- Emotional intelligence
- Coordinating with others
- People management
- Critical thinking
- Complex problem solving
People who acquire these mental skills will be the thought leaders of the future.
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