Why Keeping Resolutions Is Easier Than Ever

Why Keeping Resolutions Is Easier Than Ever

It is Resolution Season. Have you created any intentions for this New Year?
The magic of New Year’s Eve lies in the opportunity to reinvent yourself. But what happens when that magic fades? All too often it does. In fact, it’s reported that only 8 percent of us actually fulfill the intentions we set at the beginning of the year.

It seems that the energy that motivates us to reinvent ourselves is overpowered by a familiar force that pushes us off track. Were you set on losing a few pounds but fell off of the diet after a month? Did you promise yourself you’d be more organized but once again found yourself in that familiar mess? Maybe you made a commitment to end a bad habit that you were only able to quit temporarily.

You are not alone. This cycle is common and happens to the best of us. But there’s great news! The power to change is not only completely possible; it lies in your own hands.  It starts by thinking beyond your goals.

It begins by understanding yourself and the unique images that are stored in your subconscious. Once you understand how your subconscious works, you’ll realize that you don’t have to start brand new every year; instead, you can make important improvements every single day!

Through Progressive Mental Alignment, we learn that the personal experiences stored in our subconscious powerfully impact our daily actions and can often prevent us from accomplishing our goals.

Let’s start with a simple exercise.

What do you feel when you think about riding a bicycle? Think about that image for a second.

For many of us, our experience with riding a bicycle began as a child. Maybe we remember learning how to ride a bike with our parents, or riding our bicycle down a trail with our best friends. As you matured, maybe riding your bike was a stress reliever, a form of meditation, or a way to innocently slip away from everyday life. All of these images are positive, peaceful, fun, memories stored in your subconscious about riding a bicycle.

But what if you had a completely different experience with bikes? What if the first time you rode a bike you rolled down a hill uncontrollably and broke your leg? There was terror, pain, and uncertainty wrapped up in the whole incident.

That terrifying experience could have caused you to store a negative feeling about bicycles in your subconscious without you even knowing it! That’s because what you don’t remember about that accident will be even more powerful than what you DO recall. During emergency events such as the accident described above, our bodies fall into a flight or fight response that is genetically programmed to protect us.

During that altered state, everything that the brain observes is processed incorrectly because of the body’s dedicated focus on protecting you. Progressive Mental Alignment calls these incorrectly stored images, bad clusters. These bad clusters contain information you do not remember about the incident but they emanate powerful emotions that you feel throughout your life and that impact your daily decisions in a significant way. (For more information about what bad clusters are see: Bad Clusters: A short-circuiting in our brain, Part 1 and Bad Clusters: A short-circuiting in our brain Part 2. Panic Attacks: just a normal day at the Zoo)

As time passed you lost interest in bicycles and even declined to ride bikes with your friends. All you know is that you don’t really want to ride a bike but don’t understand WHY you don’t. The answer lies in that original negative experience!

Now you’re in the present moment. Your spouse and kids love riding bikes together on the trails and they want you to join! So your resolution for the New Year is that you will start riding more with them! And yes, maybe even start the exercise that will get rid of those few pounds that you believe you need to lose.

Even though your intention is real, once you begin these activities, you will subconsciously activate all of the anxiety and fear associated with the bad clusters and so the promise you made at the start of the year is already falling apart.

Just knowing that this is the reason why you haven’t accomplished this goal is powerful enough! But knowing WHY is just as important.

The motivation involved in accomplishing goals is simply an emotion that is part of your physiology. The book ‘Desirable Power’ describes physiology as “the total of all physical and energy processes in our body that make it possible for us to stay alive.”

While 10 to 15 percent of our physiology is genetic, an astounding 85 to 90 percent is controlled by our previous experiences within our subconscious, also known as our comparison material. The brain uses this comparison material to process all of the information that is picked up by our senses.

Based on how our brains work, it would be easy to understand our avoidance of bikes or even exercise based on the negative emotions and images that arise related to these activities.

While you may have every intention of riding a bike, when the negative emotions of the original incident are triggered, the goal cannot be accomplished. Your brain simply won’t allow it.
Can you even imagine what you can accomplish once those nagging triggers are gone for good?!!

Of course, this doesn’t just apply to inhibiting thoughts about bike riding. This simple example can be applied to all of the goals you rationally want to achieve but for a reason unclear to your conscious mind, you were never able to accomplish.

The great news is that this does not have to be permanent. There is an important science behind removing these road blocks.

With these negative connections out of the way, the possibilities are endless!

In the book ‘Desirable Power’ you can learn how to find these negatively stored events, also known as bad clusters, and reprocess them so that you’re able to accomplish the goals you’ve always wanted to.

The power is all yours to begin living the life you’ve always envisioned. It’s the life you deserve.

A life without boundaries…isn’t that the most important goal after all?

Click here for more information about ‘Desirable Power’.

Jump out of your daily routines and into a once in a life time journey of transformation!

Why Challenging Yourself Is Important

Have you ever felt really stuck in life? I’m referring to the feeling that life is passing you by without really living it to it full extent? You’re in a state of vegetating, captured in the daily routines of life, instead of being passionate and vibrantly alive.

Is there ever a moment that you wish you could do something you’ve never done before, or learn something new and brighten your horizon?

I like to challenge myself. I hope you do too. This could be anything, small and big challenges. It can reach from pursuing a whole new career to even challenging your taste buds to try a food you’ve never had before.

For most people it would not even sound like much of an adventure, but even “small” changes will make a difference in life. It reminds me of one of my own challenges.

I always like it when I hear someone speaking in French. It has such a charm and elegance to it, something so mystical. So to challenge myself, I’m in for a new adventure, I signed myself up many years ago for an evening class French. It was amazing!

We had a great group of people, and most of them were already acquainted with the French Language so I stepped up my game and went for it. Each week one of the group members brought a “typically” French snack for coffee break. We learned a lot from each other and talked mostly about real life experiences we had and what we loved the most about France.
Because I didn’t have contact with French speaking people for many years after the classes, most of my knowledge has faded away. But still, the accomplishment at the time felt great and also, the knowledge that I could do whatever I would set my mind to.

I was reminded of my French class when I watched a 4-minute TED talk video and I would like to share with you.

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I hope this will give you that boost to start and challenge yourself with a new adventure to get you out of the daily routine and experience that sparkle of happiness and gratification we feel after accomplishing something.

Pick up the phone and call that one person you haven’t seen in a long time or sign up for a class you had in mind for so long. You’ll find out that you are so much more capable of exploring new exciting things than you give yourself credit for.

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How One Little Flyer Changed My Life Forever

On the “Meet Ingrid” page of my website I talk about a “little flyer” that completely changed my life. The content of this little flyer activated a turning point, the message was so clear and logical that I instantly knew – this method will finally give me the answers I need to get my life on track.

It was about this method called Progressive Mental Alignment, also known as PMA. It explained in a nutshell how our own brain can make our body sick, and, how we could overcome and even prevent that from happening. While I read over the flyer I felt an excitement of recognition in my body I had never felt before.


I felt a door open in front of me, and it was opening up to entirely new levels of experiences. Understanding (and above all), feeling that the answers I always wanted had been inside my subconscious brain the entire time completely transformed everything I knew about myself.

So I want to share its content with you, and I hope it will resonate with you as it did with me and that it becomes your first step to opening the door to your amazing future.

Progressive Mental Alignment ®

Free yourself from your psychological and psychosomatic health problems

Get rid of your health problems by yourself

More and more people suffer from depression, fear, headaches, intestinal problems and panic attacks. Since the discovery of the Progressive Mental Alignment method you are able to deal with these problems yourself once and for all. Progressive Mental Alignment approaches psychological and psychosomatic problems in a very effective and recognizable way and is easy to learn. The results speak for itself: most people who used the Progressive Mental Alignment method indicate that they started a new life since. The Progressive Mental Alignment method gives you results in a very short period of time. Years of treatment by psychotherapists will stop forever because you will learn how to be your own therapist.

What kind of therapy is Progressive Mental Alignment?

The Progressive Mental Alignment therapy teaches you in 5 to 10 sessions at 2 hours per session how your brain works, how psychological and psychosomatic complaints are created, and how it is possible to eliminate those problems yourself through the Progressive Mental Alignment method. Some patients master this after 2 or 3 sessions.

An effective method

The Progressive Mental Alignment method is a scientific system with which one can easily identify. Progressive Mental Alignment stands for Progressive Mental Alignment. Bad-clusters are memories that are created when we are in extreme fearful, painful, or threatening situations. These could be shocking experiences such as the death of a loved one, physical violence, rape, incest, or divorce. It could also be very common situations like being teased or engaging in a painful argument. It all depends on how serious you take the situation, what your age is and how much impact it has on you at that moment.

Why do bad-clusters make you ill?

Bad clusters are hidden memories that are stored away very deep in our subconscious brain. The sensory data of these painful and terrifying moments are stored in a different way in our brain than normal sensory data. For that reason we cannot totally or simply recall those moments. The bad part of this is that all the intense emotions and physiological reactions of that moment are linked to the bad cluster and stored away together.

Is that really bad?

Yes, we have to realize that everything we see, hear, feel, smell, and taste day to day has to be analyzed by our brain. Seeing something is not the same thing as understanding what you see. Because of this, our brain is constantly analyzing without us being aware of it. To do this, our brain needs comparison material. Everything that has been stored in your brain can be used as comparison material to identify present observations. There is no danger in innocent memories. But, our brain also uses bad clusters as comparison material. The moment these bad clusters are used as comparison material in your subconscious, the emotions associated with the bad cluster, in the form of physical reactions, become active. They could become active by insignificant triggers in your surroundings and they will cause negative effects your whole life.

Example:     This morning you were sitting in the kitchen. You were reading the newspaper with a cup of coffee and a bagel with cream cheese. You see a picture of a car accident. In the background you hear the song “Yesterday” by the Beatles. At once you begin to feel nauseous. Your heart starts to beat faster; you begin to sweat and choke up.

How is this possible? Nothing happened that was aggravating or unpleasant, did it? Wrong, a lot of things are happening! Let’s see what a later Progressive Mental Alignment session showed us.

Progressive Mental Alignment session:        

Nine years ago, your dad died in a car accident. Obviously this has nothing to do with how you feel now. But watch if we go back in time! It is in the morning nine years ago and the phone is ringing. It is the hospital on the other end. They give you the message that your dad died in a car accident. Your world is falling apart. At this moment a bad cluster is created. What did you feel at that moment? Nausea, choked up, your heart was racing, and you began to sweat. That feeling is then linked to the bad cluster and is stored away in your brain. As if you were stunned, you walk to the kitchen and sit down. You take a bite of your bagel with cream cheese and wash it down with a draught cup of coffee that you prepared just before the phone was ringing. In the background the radio was playing the song “Yesterday” by the Beatles!

What activated the bad cluster?

The bad cluster was activated by memory moments (triggers). You were reading in the newspaper about a fatal car accident while you were in the kitchen, eating a bagel with cream cheese, and drinking a cup of coffee. In the background the radio was playing the song “Yesterday” by the Beatles! This information seemed innocent enough by itself, but together it was enough comparison material to activate the bad cluster. All these innocent details are stored in your subconscious brain but you could not remember them.

Through the Progressive Mental Alignment method these bad clusters are being activated and the emotions linked to them will be eliminated forever. Through this method all these irritating emotions and unhealthy physical reactions will be gone forever! It is not necessary to bring up your whole past again. The only need is to target the bad clusters. Isolating the pertinent details of a bad cluster memory is the goal, in contrast to other methods. As soon as you bring up all these details in the proper way, the physiology attached to these memories are eliminated and gone forever.

Progressive Mental Alignment is clearly more than just a “technique”. The Progressive Mental Alignment method teaches you how and why your brain works. It lets you see how bad clusters can influence, yes control, your entire life. The elimination of bad clusters has a tremendous impact on every aspect of your life: your energy, joy of life, memory, concentration, judgment, and your psychological and physical state will improve tremendously. The entire quality of your life will skyrocket. You will be surprised how strong the human mind is, after you discover how the brain really functions.

Are you curious how your brain is functioning and how you can free yourself of your psychological and psychosomatic complaints? You can read it all in the (E)book Desirable Power – By Jacob Korthuis

As I learned more about the Progressive Mental Alignment method I quickly discovered that there is was much more to explore about our brain than the brief information I read in this flyer.

Currently there are many more fancy Progressive Mental Alignment flyers, books and seminars that explain the method much more in detail, but this simple flyer is so close to my heart that I wanted to share this beginning part of my journey with you.

What I love so much about Progressive Mental Alignment that it has so many possibilities and levels you can grow into. You can apply it to solve minor problems and you can reach unbelievable depths in every area of your life.

Regardless what you choose, you will always stay in control and decide how far and deep you want to go in your own journey.

Witness the powerful and immediate impact of Progressive Mental Alignment on yourself and others!

What Your Shopping Impulses Reveal About Your Brain

196461Have you ever laid your eyes on those marvelous shoes, amazing clothes, or that stunning handbag and you just simply knew: I have to have it! You knew it without even blinking. There was just something about that product you just couldn’t live without.

But why? Why do we feel this unstoppable power that convinces us that we can’t live without it? (it always starts in our subconscious brain) Isn’t it weird that we feel this unstoppable desire and yet, have no clue where that feeling comes from?

Let me give you an example:

It’s the morning, you’ve just poured your first cup of coffee and you realize all the work that needs to be finished. There is some paperwork, emails that need to be answered, phone calls have to be made and oh, did I forget to mention the load of laundry still pilling up in the laundry basket? You make a promise to yourself that by the end of the day, you will have finished everything on your list. But first, you have to make it to the appointment you made with your dentist. You’re going in for just a quick checkup, but the dentist found a cavity that he conveniently had time to fix during your time there so…hooray 🙁

This whole “fun” experience (which took way more than one hour) didn’t fit into the time schedule you made this morning. You start to feel slightly disappointed and stress is already building up in your body – just thinking and knowing you will never get the list finished by the end of the day.

Now it happens that the dentist office is conveniently, or inconveniently (however you see it) located next to the shopping mall. Because your time schedule is already messed up, you convince yourself that taking a quick look around the mall wouldn’t hurt.

Have you ever noticed that while walking in the mall there are special scents that encourage your desire to buy something? Okay, I’m wandering off here…

Passing by the windows you take a glance inside, you see all the clothing and shoes for the upcoming season. Your heart makes a little jump and a debate starts with yourself. You are weighing your pros and cons to go in the store or not.

And before you know it, the pros win out and there you are – picking up the most beautiful pair of shoes you’ve ever seen. You don’t know what it is exactly, but YOU HAVE TO HAVE THEM! Or like I always say, “My name was written all over it :)” You feel energized and start thinking of all the endless possibilities that can happen, there are so many outfits you can wear with those shoes!

Now there are no thresholds anymore, these shoes were definitely made for you! Before you know it you are outside the store with a bag in your hand containing those beautiful “have to have them” shoes.

You feel happy and energetic and all the worries from earlier that day seems so far, far away.

So why is it that when you’ve gone from such a negative start of the day, something so small as buying shoes can take the day to a whole new level? How does that work in our brain?

To put is simply, it is not the shoes itself, but specific details of the shoes that activate particular comparison material in our brain.

It could be a color, or a specific part, or shape of the shoes, or even the smell in the store or the music playing in the background that triggered a specific experience from your past that’s been stored in your subconscious brain (your subconscious brain processes about a million times more information than what you will ever become aware of). The feelings attached to that past experience caused your present excitement to skyrocket – and before you knew it, you had to have those shoes!

In most cases, the triggered subconscious past experience doesn’t have anything to do with shoes, but was solely triggered based on a color, smell or sound you experienced in the store. So for today’s Wellness Wednesday, by understanding how these daily tricks happen in your brain, you will be much more balanced during your shopping trips, and be more aware of the purchases you make, and why.

And no, I don’t need to buy a larger closet for my beloved family of shoes 😉

Image credit: Roberto Cavalli

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Why Your Coffee Isn’t The Average Cup O’Joe


Are you someone who enjoys drinking coffee (or tea) from a specific cup or mug? You know, that ONE cup that always gives you that wonderful feeling which makes the coffee taste that much better? I know a few people who have a selection of mugs they choose from, selecting a specific mug that feels best at that moment.

You don’t know exactly why you choose that specific cup, its just got that something special to it which only has significant meaning to you. Can you relate? If so, did you know that your subconscious brain plays a large role in this morning routine? I’ll be happy to share some thoughts with you on how this works. I’ve included a fun ‘exercise’ (no sweating required) that’ll help you gain a lot of knowledge about you and your relationship with your special mug.

Let’s think about what controls our preferences. Why do we like one color over another, or certain shapes more than others?


  • Picture your favorite cup or mug.
  • What about it particularly do you like the most?
  • If you focus just on that particular detail, how does that make you feel? Try not to describe the feeling as a label, but WHERE in your body do you feel WHAT? Pay attention to even the slightest changes in your feelings.
  • Now focus only on that particular detail that you like so much of your most favorite cup, and become fully aware of how this makes you feel.
  • Now allow your brain to spontaneously come up with any memory it wants to.
  • What is the first memory pops-up spontaneously? (It can be anything! It doesn’t even have to relate to coffee at all)
  • What is dominant in that memory that just popped up?
  • Once you found the detail of that memory that is most important to you, focus on that.
  • Do you notice that focusing on this detail intensifies the feelings?

This is a really brief exercise to help you learn how your subconscious mind works. The spontaneous memory that popped up is not as “spontaneous” as you might think. This memory is triggered by the detail of your favorite coffee mug. The feeling connected to this memory was used by your subconscious to create your preference for this particular cup. I know that understanding that your subconscious brain determines your preferences in life opens up an entirely new world to you. But just imagine how many times per day you make choices based on preferences. Understanding why and where your preferences come from gives you an entirely new level of control over your life, and even more importantly, your coffee.

Wishing you tons of delicious cups,

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How To Let Your Vacation AMAZE You


It’s the season for watermelon, umbrellas, beach, and vacation! I know many people (myself included) who work their entire year in the hopes to enjoy a hard earned holiday. You’re looking forward to it for months! You’ve even bought a new outfit (or 2), and if you plan on visiting somewhere tropical, you’ve certainly been frequenting the gym much more often to be sure you’re ‘swim ready’ for your fantastic time in the sun.

And I would claim it’s safe to say that majority of us go on vacation to regroup, relax, unwind, and spend much needed quality time with our loved ones. But, have you ever noticed that something very interesting happens right before we leave for our relaxing trip? We hoist ourselves into a pre-vacation panic that consists of cleaning the house, folding the laundry, making a list of everything you need (and can’t live without), packing suitcases, printing (and then reprinting) your boarding pass just in case you left it at home. Remembering to eat everything in your fridge so you’re not returning home to rotten fruit and spoiled veggies, did we pack enough dog food? Should I leave my keys at home? (It’s not like I’m going to need them anyway) Are you sure we’re going the right way? And then my personal favorite, the overwhelming feeling of doom that you left something extremely important behind.

And then, when we finally reach our glorious destination we collapse in exhaustion because we realize exactly how tired we really are. Sound familiar?

I remember how I felt before and during my vacations some years ago. I had a nervous and nauseating feeling in my stomach, cramps in my stomach and sometimes, serious headaches. This made me irritable, which I tried to suppress (because I’m on vacation, I should be feeling fabulous!), which made me even more irritable that led to an intense discomfort in my entire body.

But as my experiences grew over time, I discovered that the majority of my stress was not created by the circumstances surrounding me, but by the fact that my fixed expectations (the painted image in my mind that told me how the vacation was supposed to be or else it wasn’t a successful trip otherwise), were not in harmony with the reality of the moment. Because of this, I denied myself the permission to let the vacation unfold spontaneously and surprise me. Because isn’t that the point of vacation? To explore, create and discover new things we normally wouldn’t experience in our daily lives. Our job as vacationers is to do just that, vacation! If you relieve yourself from the daunting task of trying to create the best vacation that ever existed, you’ll learn to truly FEEL the benefits of taking a break.

To vacations, freedom and feeling alive,

Are you curious how your brain is functioning and want to free yourself of your psychological and psychosomatic complaints? Read all you need to know in Desirable Power