You’re not at your best when you’re stressed.
In fact, your brain has evolved over millennia to release cortisol in stressful situations, inhibiting rational, logical thinking — but potentially helping you survive, say, being attacked by a lion.
Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin thinks there’s a way to avoid making critical mistakes in stressful situations when your thinking becomes clouded — the pre-mortem.
“We all are going to fail now and then,” he says. “The idea is to think ahead to what those failures might be.”