I think this is very interesting article. I was listening to a mini interview on the radio yesterday with an author who has just written a book about the first 20 hours - the book demonstrates how you can learn just about anything to quite a competent level if you can keep at it for 20 hours practice....
I think that attention spans are shorter and shorter aided by how we use technology. We think it's multi-tasking but it's not - it's just shifting attention from one thing to another. Also, this starts to impact our brain as the brain is plastic will simply respond shaping its ability to focus attention. So trainers and teachers need to find new ways to work with this - experiential learning can be key here.
This is all about self-awareness. The degree to which people have this, or not, varies greatly. But the good news is that self-awareness can be developed. How? By gradually building understanding of self and why we do what we do, behave as we do, react the way we do and what causese these. In this way we can then begin to control and manage our emotions more effectively.
The Advantage Book - The 7 soft skills and the need for developing optimism
Emma Sue Prince's insight:
Things can only get better.... We just need to rethink happiness. It can be right now and not something forever in the future. We do need to relax and let go more - not always easy when there's so much gloom and doom about! I often find I am holding tension about something, someone or a situation - all stuff I generally have no control over anyway - when I relax and let go, I immediately feel a sense of peace.
Happiness should be about rewarding work, a strong network of friends and family, good health - all things we can do something about in the here and now....