Multi-hyphenate Priyanka Tiku Gupta strives to support ambitious "wonder women" to attain their goals. She hopes to empower them to believe in themselves with confidence, clarity, and courage.
We love entrepreneurs and small business owners at Honeycombers, which is why we’ve created Launchpad, a comprehensive digital networking platform (with IRL benefits, too) that encourages connection, business support and community. It’s a privilege and pleasure to learn from so many talented and inspiring folks, so we’ve decided to share the love by interviewing some of the lovely Launchpad members. Looking for inspiration? Check out how life and career coach Priyanka Tiku Gupta, gets it done like a boss.
Entrepreneurs we love: Priyanka Tiku Gupta
What is your backstory and why did you decide to launch your business?
After 20 years of a highly successful global corporate career, I had ticked all the “boxes.” Yet, the external achievements and validations were no longer bringing me the same degree of happiness or satisfaction. After six months of personal coaching and spiritual mentoring sessions, I decided to break away and end the corporate chapter of my life with gratitude.
I’ve always loved making a positive difference in someone’s life. While I did that, even in my corporate avatar, I decided to pursue this passion and purpose in a whole new universe. A year and a half later, I’m internationally certified as a coach, a Silva Mind Method graduate, a Resilience Heart Math Coach, and a level two reiki healer. I’m also training to be an Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) practitioner. This journey has been extremely challenging yet highly fulfilling.
I discovered who I truly am, why I am who I am, what my beliefs are, and what triggers me. I also understand how emotions are energy and why and how we store these emotions in our bodies and minds. Being connected to myself has made me more mindful and happy. I have more self-belief and self-love. I now strive to support ambitious “wonder women” like myself to become highly self-aware and understand what’s coming in the way of their goals. Ultimately, I empower them to gain the confidence, clarity, or courage to manifest their personal and professional goals.
I use a holistic approach, tapping into various modalities as relevant to enable women to achieve their goals by accessing their intuitive intelligence. I also provide group coaching programs and masterclasses to support ambitious women in the corporate workplace, especially those aged 30 to 45, and stretched across multiple personal and professional goals and challenges. My vision for my business is to unconditionally support and empower my tribe of wonder women to truly believe in themselves and the truth that whatever they need is already inside of them.
What has been your biggest challenge so far and how did you overcome it?
1. Finding the courage to get out of my comfort zone and start to trust myself and the process. Using deep inner work, I started believing in the power of manifestations, where one’s desires, beliefs, and actions are aligned. Look for small wins to start building this muscle memory. With time, it becomes a way of being.
2. Be patient and don’t constantly evaluate yourself and your business’s numeric metrics only. As an ex-corporate, I’m number-driven, which only sometimes serves me well. I’m now aware of this. I’ve made a conscious decision to ensure I review my progress and achievements using both quantitative and qualitative metrics.
3. Allowing yourself to rest if that’s what your intuitive mind guides you to do. To rest isn’t easy to embrace as a behaviour, especially for ambitious women like me who believe that every day is an opportunity. I listen more to my physical mind and body and allow for short breaks and self-care routines.
How do you stay motivated and energised?
Being an entrepreneur and setting up your own business at 45, especially in a new industry, is exciting yet challenging. There are days when you question the what, why, and who. I truly believe in the alignment of the mind, body, and soul. These are my holistic tips to stay motivated and energised.
I aim to have one hour a day at least five to six times a week of any physical activity I enjoy. It could be going to the gym, playing a sport, walking in the park, pilates, or yoga. I like variety, and I trust my body to guide me on what it feels like doing that day.
I meditate for at least 15 minutes a day. It’s hard to do anything longer, so sometimes I break it up into seven minutes in the morning and seven minutes at night. Focusing on my breathing, I imagine I’m cleaning my body from head to toe to be an empty vessel through which the universe’s gifts can flow.
I refresh and revisit my goals as and when needed to focus on where I am now versus six months ago.
I spend time with things, people, and places where my energy is renewed – such as my family. That’s my husband and my two beautiful teenage daughters, my dog, and my friends who are like family.
I follow the F&G routine: to forgive and be grateful for anything and everything first thing in the morning and last thing at night. This allows me daily cleansing of emotions and helps me keep my vibration frequency at higher levels.
How do you keep stress levels low?
I’m now more aware of when, how, and why I get triggered by either internal or external scenarios. I can pause, reflect, and lean on responding versus reacting. My self-help actions can vary from:
1. Heart-focus breathing, where you focus on your heart and chest area. Imagine the breath coming in and out of your heart or chest area. Inhale to the count of five and exhale to the count of five.
2. Self-tapping session (EFT) helps me get to the root cause of the stress to disassociate with or change the perspective of the situation or emotion.
3. Practice being in the frequency of the alpha state using the Silva Mind method. It helps me connect to my higher self and source energy. This is extremely useful, especially when I need answers, make decisions, manifest big audacious goals, or even build something from scratch.
4. Journalling all my thoughts, especially the negative ones using an actual pen and paper. I strike out all the negative statements. This energetically signals me telling the universe that this belief, thought, or emotion is cancelled. I keep writing until it feels like all has been shared and empty. This also helps me to analyse trends or patterns in my thoughts.
5. When needed, I reach out for peer coaching or healing sessions and connect with my mentors for their wisdom and guidance.
Favourite place to work?
In my newly built home office and study, especially from 9am to 4pm when it’s just me and my dog Frodo.
Share a work ‘mantra’ that you use.
Know your tribe and find ways to connect with them. Share what they would value with 100% authenticity and always have a serving mindset.
One thing you can keep talking about for hours?
Sub-conscious and conscious mind: how we operate most of our adult life using just 5% of our conscious mind that relies on 95% of the subconscious files and folders. These subconscious folders are created from all the experiences we have when we are between 0 to 7 years of age, at a time when we have no real control over their formation.
Your go-to self-care activity?
Foot and back reflexology massage for 90 minutes at Natureland; followed by a wash and blow!
One piece of advice to your younger self?
1. Challenge yourself physically – we are what we eat and how we choose to spend our physical energy. Fitness isn’t a lifestyle, it’s a daily activity. Find something or someone with whom this translates into a seamless experience so you look forward to it. Aim to do something every day for a minimum of 45 minutes. In our overexposed world, information and fitness gurus are accessible to us at the touch of a button. So, find the time and treat your body with respect.
2. Challenge your love for yourself – most of us grow up not loving ourselves or thinking we’re never good enough. Surround yourself with those who love you and help you remember that self-care is most important. Imagine you had to give yourself a pep talk to make you feel loved; what would you say? Have such conversations with yourself. Remember that loving yourself isn’t the same as having an ego. It simply means embracing yourself with all your strengths and shortcomings.
3. Challenge what the world expects from you professionally and personally. Break away from norms, conditioning, and rituals that don’t align with your views. Don’t let people define who you are, what you should be doing, or what is success and happiness. Define it yourself. Create your own home and ecosystem. Don’t live other people’s life journeys. Create your own.
4. Challenge the importance of mental health, well-being, and peace. Sleep is fuel to your living, and it’s perfectly alright to take a break when needed. Move towards a life with less stress and move away from the concept of those who glamorise overworking or multitasking.
5. Challenge the roles and responsibilities you’re bucketed into. If you don’t fancy cooking as a woman, that’s fine; find someone who does or hire someone who can cook for you. Your parents are as important as your partner and don’t ever let them feel less. It’s not just the mother’s job to be at the PTA or to nurture the kids. It’s a combined effort of a mother and father that raises children, so break away from past definitions and make your own.
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