Water is relentless.
The Grand Canyon was built by a relentless flow of water.
In the movies, where they are going through the jungle, they have guys hacking away the vegetation with machetes.
This is a quick way to show that they are going where no person has gone before.
Back in the old days of China, they government made sure that all roads were built according to very detailed specifications.
The same with people the made wagons.
The axles had to be built to match the width of the roads, to ensure travel would be effective.
Hunters and trackers know how to spot trails of animals like deer.
If you’ve ever been hiking in a national park, they keep the trails maintained so there is minimal impact on the environment.
Because the trails are maintained, people know where to walk, and where not to walk.
A “duck” is a stack of rocks.
Where the trail is going over somewhere (like rocks or boulders) where the only way to keep people on the trail is to put up these ducks.
So nobody gets lost.
Your brain is filled with neural connections.
Some are well traveled.
In electronic terms, these “well traveled” neural connections have very little resistance.
Like a thick wire.
It is these well traveled paths, these neural connections that make up the thoughts you think every day.
Most people never do anything other than thinking the same thoughts.
Or they try thinking differently once or twice, find that it’s too hard, and then go back to the old way of thinking.
Whenever you think new thoughts, or purposely build new memories, it’s like those guys hacking their way through the jungle with a machete.
It’s slow going and difficult.
It’s much easier to walk on a wide flat road.
But if you walk on the wide flat road (which is metaphorically thinking the same familiar thoughts) you’ll only go where others go.
If you are persistent, and continue hacking your way through to new locations, you can build up some pretty creative ideas.
The more you practice thinking in new and creative ways, the more of those neural paths (trails) you’ll build in your brain.
Do it long enough, and you’ll have a much more resourceful way of thinking.
While everybody else is too scared to leave the main road (in their minds) you will have created your own extensive network of secret paths.
Most people are always looking for a shortcut.
But you can BUILD one inside your brain.