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Every fortnight on Tuesdays, I post great visual resources here to support your transformational journey. Each video is aimed at giving you great ideas for boosting energy, top tips for creating that work-life-love flow and helpful hints on how to build confidence in everything you do.

So many of us are wired to the social media, to the endless reserve of information on the Internet, and to having our every question answered by Ms. Google at any moment! Am I right?

Recently I had a client pondering over some real chewy questions. He felt lost in this realm of information overload, didn’t know what really mattered to him and believed that he was just drifting like a leaf through his life. So he asked me THE question, “Preet, what’s the purpose of my life?”

Well, I’m way, Way, WAY far from being any kind of guru I told him. However, I also know that we aren’t just put on this planet and given this gift of life…

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Summer is finally here in Chicago. And that means I simply want to play, play and play some more!

Walking around the city with bright flowers smiling at me and the lush green trees everywhere. The birds chirping, the street performers showing their talent and the little children running through the water fountains – nudge the child within me to let go, play and lick that ice-cream cone with all-embracing recklessness.

We were all children once remember? And here’s a surprise – we still have that child dwelling within us. Most adults are quite unaware of this, and this lack of conscious kinship to our own inner child is exactly where so many behavioural, emotional and relationship difficulties stem from.

Many times…

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I had the privilege of celebrating my second Mother’s Day this year! How you ask? Well UK is our home and Mother’s Day there is celebrated in March, and as we living in Chicago the Mommys got all loved up yesterday on 8th May!! So my Child decided I deserved a special treat and was to be celebrated again. Honoured and privileged to be a mother!

Last July my daughter and I made a three-week trip to India and used our time volunteering with two organizations that I have been supporting – Unique Home For Girls (a home for abandoned girls in Punjab being run by a woman who has dedicated her entire life to the cause) and Akanksha…

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Have you seen the first glimpse of spring yet? I find it refreshing to bask in the sunshine, enjoy longer days and feel excited about what’s coming up next.

However, there are times in our lives that come with pre-packaged stress – buying a car, a house, paying for school fees, looking for jobs, so on and on.

How you deal with these stressful situations sometimes makes all the difference. Stress can either eat away at you or empower you; it all depends on the self-care strategies you deploy.

Think of the times when you’ve had to face major situations in your life, how did you manage? What did you go through? Did you come out the other side with a sense…

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Spring is finally here! The trees are blooming, the tulips are colourful, the birds are humming and I’m constantly sneezing.

Hay fever isn’t something that I look forward to round about now. The worst thing about it is finding myself repeating a habit I’ve got into since it became a regular visitor – expecting hay fever to be a deal-breaker for all the summer fun ahead.

So I’ve prepared for the worst:
Allergy tablets. Check.
Unlimited supply of tissue packs in my bag. Check.
Vaseline. Check.

I’m ready for the fun and games. Yet, there’s this desperate itchy thought, scratching at the back of my head that I might as well just stay indoors to save myself the hassle. I’ve even acted on this thought…

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How’s life treating you?

Is it fun? Are you doing what you want to be doing? Have you weathered the numerous storms and come out stronger? Or is it getting too much for you right now?

With all the high-speed technology, the in-your-face media messaging, the long hours at work, the family issues, the financial expectations, the over-rated retail therapy and a whole load of other daily situations seem to bring more and more drama, until life leaves us absolutely exhausted!

The more complex life becomes, the more we crave simplicity.

So allow me to ask you: what’s the point of staying stuck in this drama and complicating your life?

Life can actually be pretty simple, but we insist on making…

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Hope you’ve had a good start to the week and are ready to flow with whatever comes along.

It’s February, things are probably back to normal as 2016 progresses and you may find yourself slipping back into the familiar realms of ‘busyness’. Do you sometimes find that it can be difficult in life to keep all the plates spinning. Work! The Kids! School holidays! Parents! Partner! MeTime!

Yes, trying to give something to each part of our life can sometimes feel like not just being spread thin, but being torn apart by hungry wolves!

Where’s the balance? Is balance even possible? What would balance look like anyway?

Do you feel guilty about the things you just never get around to?

Well, put the breaks…

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Happy awesome 2016 to you and your loved ones! I hope you’re in your happy cozy place today.

As is the tradition with new years and new beginnings, I took some time out over the weekend to take stock too – of how I’ve faired up so far in terms of my goals, dreams and challenges; how do I actually feel about where I am at right now.

And after doing so, I have renewed confidence in myself and in what I am doing because I’m now clear on what I’ve got to hold on to and what needs to be to let go of in order to bring in the new, the better!

One of the most common challenges for us…

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How are you doing? How do you feel?

I had an interesting conversation recently with someone about angry people. I actually surprised myself with some of the things that came out of my mouth on how she could manage the culprit in question.

Why surprised you may ask. Well, because until a few years ago I was a pretty angry person myself. Angry with others, with myself and even with life. During that crazy time I had no idea on how to deal with my own emotions let alone someone else’s. My relationships suffered, I suffered. So this recent conversation brought back a lot of old memories, and there was no anger attached to any of them now.

It’s no fun living…

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In my private coaching work, I’m often confronted by clients who, when faced with a major decision like a job change, a relocation, or even a marriage proposal – freeze like a deer in the headlights.

I get it. I’ve been there myself and still continue to be faced with crucial decisions on a regular basis.

Many of us worry that we’ll make the wrong decision and that the consequences would be too high. Some of us have had experience with making choices that didn’t work out, and as a result now don’t trust ourselves to make the right one.

So how do you overcome the paralysis of a tough decision when the right answer isn’t immediately obvious?

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Fall, autumn is finally here in Chicago. The wind crispier, the temperatures lower, golden leaves everywhere, yet the sky is still bright blue!

I’ve been busy helping my daughter organize her upcoming fundraiser for the two charities that we support. Missy has been learning the art of persuasion – an intense exercise to ensure optimum ticket sales in order to hit her target!

Do you ever wish you could be more persuasive?

Whether it’s within a business context or your personal life (like getting your family on board with something you want), understanding how to influence others in a genuine and authentic way is an invaluable skill to have in life.

It can be frustrating when you believe in your idea, product or…

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September comes to an end in another day! I mean where has 2015 gone? Life seems to be passing by in the blink of an eye. Sounds cliché right? But it’s true.

I came across an interesting quote by Eleanor Roosevelt recently; you may know it already. It read, “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”

What really speaks to me is this idea of taking 100% responsibility for one’s life. As individuals, and even as society, we’re so quick to assign blame and pull out excuses as to why something did or didn’t happen. All that finger pointing!…

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We all know that life is full of the old and the new, the good and the bad, the ups and the downs, the light and the dark, the climbing up and the falling down, the winning and the losing.. and everything else in between!

Well, that is life. Full of experiences, the learning, the ever changing.

What I’d like to know from you is how you manage to travel through, with a suitcase full of all these different experiences. What is your perception of YOU?

I’ve been going through some major changes in my own life over the past few months. There have been times when I’ve had to think long and hard about my achievements (and some…

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I’m quite excited about sharing this week’s episode.

Why? Because one of you lovely peeps out there emailed and asked me to talk about today’s topic. I love this one-on-one interaction; it helps us to connect at a more personal level, creates a safe space for sharing and it builds a community that supports each other.

So thank you for giving me this opportunity, I see you.

How To Have Less Complicated Relationships – is this week’s episode of Preet TV.

A relationship in our life can be like having a second career – time-consuming, emotionally demanding, confusing and with all the different things to do, we can sometimes end up feeling really undervalued.

An important key step to building any successful…

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Have you heard this Eric Bates quote – “There are no negatives in life, only challenges to overcome that will make you stronger.

Do you agree with Mr. Bates?

The reality is that at some point in life, we’ve all gone through struggle and experienced fear when facing challenges. Those times when we felt lost and had no idea how to keep moving forward in a personal relationship or one at work, during a loved-one’s illness, a job loss or financial insecurity.

What’s useful to understand is that we get to choose how we respond to these challenges.

We have the power to build an unstoppable, fearless, resilient mindset. When focusing on our physical strength we hit the gym to build…

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Did you know that there was a survey done which showed that an individual (aged 20-60) can spend up to 99,117 hours at work?! That’s the equivalent of 11 and half years of solid slog.

Now imaging the current scenario where today so many of us work crazy hours – in the office, conference calls, emailing, budgeting, presenting, travelling by trains, planes and automobiles (ok bikes too) and taking into account the global time-zones. PHEW! Just thinking about it makes me dizzy!

And we don’t work alone right? We have our colleagues, managers, senior execs, suppliers and customers. Now add that into the equation!

Undoubtedly, communication is one of the most important business skills, no matter what your industry. Yet so…

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I hope you’re in your happy cozy place today! I sure am.

It’s June, halfway mark to 2015. I took some time out over the weekend to take stock – of how I’ve faired up so far in terms of my goals, dreams and challenges; how do I actually feel about where I am at right now.

I have renewed confidence because I’m now clear on what I’ve got to hold on to and what needs to be to let go of in order to bring in the new, the better!

One of the most common challenges for us humans is the concept of letting go, whether it’s relationships, memories, things we don’t use anymore, and in my case some…

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Hope all is going great with you!

Let me ask you something, how would you know that it IS going great with you? What evidence would you see about it being great? What kind of things would you be hearing about this greatness? What does ‘it’s going great’ feel like?

I caught up with a friend recently and we had a long conversation about how she has so much to do and such little time to do it all in. Being a working mum she shared how the constant pressure of getting everything done had really begun to weigh her down. I could really feel her pain as she sighed and said – ‘it isn’t going that great Preet, I just…

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Did you know that nobody is doing better than you because nobody can do better than you?

Why, you may ask.

Well because I sincerely believe that YOU are walking your own path.

You are the co-creator of your life. Yes, the Higher Force is responsible for your existence. But you do realize you’ve also been gifted with free will (power to choose), you have resources (deep inside you, untapped perhaps), you have a mind (that is capable of thinking for you), you have a body (thin, fat, big, small, short, whatever), and you have a heart (that beats in order to feel). So you use all these fine utilities bestowed upon you, and that makes YOU the co-creator. Co-piloting with…

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It’s bright and sunny here in Downtown Chicago, however the chill factor still remains! I decided to make the most of the sunshine and spent time outdoors walking along the lake and around the parks. And it was great to see families out with young kids having fun.

So do you have kids? Or know of anyone who has kids? Maybe you’re planning to have some one-day.

I have a 17-year-old daughter and believe me, motherhood IS the toughest, yet the most rewarding job in the world. Yes I know it’s cliché, but it’s true! Although it seems to be getting tougher as the Child grows, because my role as a mother keeps re-shaping itself.

I feel I speak for many…

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Heard anything good lately – a song, or a quote, an audiobook maybe? Make sure you share that great stuff with me in comments below!

And do you sometimes hear stuff going on in your head? Do you find yourself feeling really down and frustrated because of negative thoughts and beliefs running through your mind all the time? Thoughts you can’t seem to get rid of?

I know it’s hard to admit the truth to ourselves sometimes. Let me help you by putting my hand up and saying – been there, done that!

In the past I’ve gone through phases where the negative voices in my head became overwhelming. There would be days I’d be consumed with thoughts like ‘why the…

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I’m enjoying a long weekend break with my family in the Rocky Mountains, Colorado. And right now I’m sitting in a cute Italian place that sells real Italian gelato and coffees, writing this up within a thirty minutes time limit bestowed upon me, whilst the Husband and Child indulge themselves with the delicacies on offer.

You may be wondering why there is a thirty minutes time limit. Well, the family wasn’t too pleased with me working during our break. After an outpour of ‘you can’t be working, we’re meant to be on a break’, the only way around was for ‘them’ to set me a time limit and ‘me’ to bribe them with a chocolate gelato and some mint tea!

Family…

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How’s it going with you?

So tell me, do you take the time out to reflect on the relationships in your life? Kind of like a ‘quality check’ on the people you surround yourself with.

If you are trying to create a better life for yourself, it’s a good idea to assess the people you are close with to make sure they don’t exhibit any chronic, toxic behaviours.

Toxic behaviours are not only unpleasant to be around, left unchecked, the negativity they might elicit from you can snowball and bleed into other areas of your life. It’s hard to be positive and optimistic when you are surrounded by relationships that aren’t good for your soul.

I truly believe that each…

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Do you sometimes feel that life isn’t exciting enough?

Are you feeling dissatisfied with life?

Do you find everyday the same, with little or no change? Maybe you feel you’re missing out on something because you just can’t get motivated for anything?

Turns out you’re not alone.

Do you want to feel more thrilled, more enthralled and intrigued by what life has to offer?

In today’s episode of Preet TV – How To Have More Satisfaction In Your Life – we’re going to have a look at what it means to be satisfied. Is it about what you’ve achieved? Is it about what you’ve got? Or is it about recognition from others?

I’ll be sharing 3 key ways in which you can begin to…

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Over the weekend, I caught up with a friend after quite a few months. I got the impression that she was feeling low and a bit lost. During the conversation she shared her thoughts on the disconnection she felt with herself and her place in the world.

And then came the A-HAA moment when she realised what it was that stopped her from living her life – on her terms.

Have you acted against your true beliefs when faced with a challenge? Even when you’d made up your mind about what you really wanted to do?

How many times have you agreed to do something, but then immediately regretted it? Do you sometimes feel helpless and are not sure why?

From time to…

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Have you heard this one?

“A good school teaches you resilience – that ability to bounce back.”

Did you go to such a school, or did you have a great teacher at home, a role model who nurtured this concept during your formative years?

Life! Yep, life is such a school and maybe you’ve experienced a few lessons yourself, I know I definitely have. Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive.

Would you consider yourself ‘mentally strong’? Or do you find yourself crumbling after a professional or personal setback? Do you recoil into the land of ‘I’m not worth it…’ when things get tough?

Having emotional strength is an essential…

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I hope you had some great fun last week!

For me it was all about keeping warm as the temperatures hit -22 degrees during another snow blizzard in Chicago! And boy, did that get my teeth clattering and my shoulders reaching for my ears.

And it’s on days like these that I actually start doubting what the heck I moved to Chicago for. I mean London is cold for 10 months of the year too, but it isn’t this freezing!

Anyway, I made the best out of the freeze and decided to thaw my shivering self down by paying attention to a glacier of an issue that I had been dealing with for a few weeks – my own dipping…

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You know this week is a special week right? And I hope you’ve got some special plans for your special other, after all it is Valentines Day this Saturday!

For me, Valentines Day is a huge marketing hype! Why do I need the 14th of Feb to declare my love, what about the other 364 days in the year?!

True, making that special effort counts, of course it does. However, what deeper meaning does a box of chocolates and flowers on the day really add to the relationship? Especially if there has been no love expressed for quite some time.

Have you ever taken the time out to think about what you truly want in, and from your relationship? What have you…

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It’s February already!

Time flies by sooo fast, right? And to keep up, we get busy with everything that needs to get done. In doing so, sometimes we lose sight of the quality of our interactions with others around us.

We may say things to each other that we don’t mean, or it may be the case of what’s left unsaid that begins to create the distance. The relationship suffers – resentment, frustration and grievance turns into anger – and it becomes all the more challenging to turn it all around.

We are all human and we have all done unthinkable things at some point or another. Deep down we all yearn for the same forgiveness.

A few weeks ago, I read a…

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Do you sometimes find it hard to cope with everything that’s going on in life?

Are you suffering physically and emotionally with the amount of things to do right now?

And does this keep happening?

I know what it feels like to go through these phases. It’s not fun and it can really drain you mentally, emotionally and physically.

Well, worry no further!

Today’s episode of Preet TV is titled – 3 Ways To Pace Yourself During Overwhelm. I’m going to describe 3 great ways you can look after yourself during potentially overwhelming periods of time and enjoy success at the end.

Clue: running away is not the answer!

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Today’s episode is especially for the ladies as the ladies requested it!

And no, no need for you guys to scurry off. Remember, the right kind of information is always enriching, especially if it’s going to support you to be the wonderful supportive partner you want to be. So hang around!

Right ladies, why do we do this to ourselves?

Do what?!

Even when all is done and dusted with that project..
Or that weekend with the in-laws is over..
Or that home project just didn’t get finished..

We continue to think, rethink, overthink, and think again about the why’s and how’s – until we’re completely exhausted!

In today’s episode – Get Over It Ladies And Move On! – I’m going to explore that very female thing…

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I hope the New Year has kicked off smoothly for you!

It’s the first week of the new year and right about this time is when we begin to get the wheels moving on some of the key goals, objectives or decisions that we set out for ourselves in December last year. Some of us also call them ‘resolutions’.

Well, let me ask you a question – How do you decide on your goals, objectives, decisions or resolutions that you set for yourself?

How are you with decision-making? Do you find it hard to make decisions?

Does decision-making get you anxious and stressed? Do you end up white-knuckling it and hoping for the best?

Despite what a lot of people think, a large part…

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I hope you’re enjoying the festive season with your loved ones – savoring the delicacies, relishing in the laughter and appreciating the gestures.

I also hope you’re ready to welcome 2015 with wide-open arms. Isn’t it amazing how fast time flies and we get the opportunity to reflect back on it?

2014 has been a real challenging year for me in many ways. There’s been emotional drama, mental stimulation, and physical demands from all areas of the game of life. And I’m truly grateful that I am still standing!

One of my key goals for 2014 was to launch the NEW www.preetkalsi.com along with the brand NEW YouTube channel, Preet TV – a platform where you’ll find video blogs supporting you to…

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Are you where you thought you’d be right now?

Are you waiting for a boss, partner, or family member to notice your value?

Are you waiting for that promotion, relationship, or creative green light that’s just around the corner?

So many of us are still waiting for events, other people and sheer mystical chance to provide the opportunities we need for our ideal lives to begin. But how long do we have to wait?

I am Preet Kalsi, a Life and Career Coach based in London and Chicago. My intention is to support individuals to get unstuck in their lives and start living their dreams through supportive, practical and actionable coaching.

Watch this episode and find out what life and career coaching is, see…

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