Brain Health – Could Yours Be Suffering From This Problem?

I was 17 years old and 3928.2 miles away from home looking for work in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada.

That’s 250 miles south of the Arctic Circle, and boy was it cold.

How cold was it? Well, it was October and there was ice covering the streets and sidewalks. So much ice that the few vehicles that were there could only drive where the ruts in the ice would allow them to go.

I’d seen the same thing back home in Nova Scotia where I grew up. Only the ruts were on old dirt country roads.

You’ve probably seen ruts somewhere, usually made by a vehicle traveling over soft terrain followed by intense heat or cold to harden the tracks into place. You may have even gotten stuck in one.

Ruts And Brain Health?

So, if you’re asking yourself, what do ruts have to do with brain health – good question – listen up and I’ll tell you, because it’s very important to understanding why it’s sometimes hard to learn.

And it’s also where the saying, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” comes from.

When you learn something new, that’s good for brain health. But did you know you brain was lazy and carves out  ruts when you learn something new?

Here’s an experiment designed to help you understand the process.

Imagine a large cookie sheet covered with hardened wax. I pick up one end of the cookie sheet to tilt it slightly and pour a spoon of boiling hot water on top of the wax. What happens? The boiling hot water melts the wax creating a rut in the surface.

Now I take another spoon of boiling hot water and again, pour it onto the pan of wax. Notice where the water goes, it finds it’s way into the same ruts the previous spoon of hot water just carved out, making the ruts deeper. It does not make new ruts, it follows the path of the old ruts.

The path of least resistance.

This is also how your brain learns. Whenever a new piece of information enters the brain, it carves a rut like track and your brain records the information and says, OK, now I know what that means. It’s like your brain locks it in and throws away the key.

Your brain does this for the purpose of efficiency. Why? Because your brain is a very busy thing, and it learns to shortcut a lot of it’s work so you can function in a … uh … normal manner.

But Brain Ruts Prevent You From Learning

But, this efficient system which allows you to learn, also prevents you from re-learning. And that can cause problems.

So, let me explain using the pan of wax example:

Remember the first spoon of boiling hot water that originally carved out the rut? Think of that as a new learning.

Remember the second spoon of boiling hot water that made the rut deeper – but didn’t make a new rut? Think of that as trying to learn the same thing in a new way – or trying to re-learn something.

When your brain learns X, any attempt to re-learn X in a different way will fail. Because your super efficient brain says, hey, I know what X means now – and that puts a stop to any further learning.

The rut has been created.

How To Overcome The Problem

Luckily through the understanding and use of NLP you can improve your brain health and overcome the problem posed by these old ruts. Using NLP you can re-learn in a safe and easy manner.

Why would you want to re-learn now?

Because what you know now you learned at a very early age. And what you learned for that age was appropriate. But you are older now and some of those early learnings do not fit in your world today.

You don’t wear the same size clothes, play in the same places or have all the same friends as you did at an early age, so why act with the same limited knowledge and understandings?

Helping you adapt and excel in the ever changing and challenging world of today is our mission with NLP Training Online.


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Bob Clarke

Hi I’m Bob Clarke, writer of most of these blog posts. I’m also the Co-Creator, with my wife Ronda, of the Most Comprehensive NLP Training and Coaching Program Online. Our purpose is to bring NLP to you, saving you time, travel and money.