Melbourne drivers have a habit of travelling in two lanes at once, across the white line. When I get behind a driver doing this, they appear to be an idiot. But are they simply demonstrating the highest level of human intelligence?

In a fascinating TED talk, scientist Alex Wissner-Gross proposes —and I paraphrase — the smartest people keep their options open for as long as possible.

When you write a book and publish it, you commit yourself – big time! Publishing a book could be seen as closing off options, right?

Use these three mind hacks to overcome this mental barrier

  1. Be clear about the freedoms you will gain
    Your book with open many doors to new possibilities. EG: My client, Genevieve Hawkins, got the consulting gig of her lifetime after publishing her book, Mentally at Work.
  2. Your book is a service to others
    Who are you to withhold that wisdom from those who might benefit from it?
  3. This book is one of many
    Base this year’s book on the research, data and experience available to you today. Free yourself to change your views in the next book if the evidence changes. To quote economist, John Maynard Keynes: “When the facts change, I change my mind.”

🤔 What mental hacks do you use to overcome barriers?

I’d love to know all about it.