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The Legendary Leaders Podcast

Sep 24, 2020

Have you given self-coaching a thought before? It is important to become your own support, relying on yourself to get out of more difficult life situations. Wouldn’t it be amazing to be more self-aware and confident as you develop in all aspects of your life?


In this episode of Legendary Leader Podcast, Cathleen takes you through the process of self-coaching by putting you in both - the position of the coach and the coachee. She shares the responsibilities of the coach and the coachee towards each other and the skills they each need to acquire.


Listen in to learn what is the right time or situation to consider self-coaching. You will also learn about the short-term and long-term benefits of self-coaching.



Key Takeaways:

  • Coaching as a discipline that focuses on life-long learning and development from all aspects of life.
  • The process of becoming self-aware, more insightful, and more confident as a result of self-coaching.
  • The power of actively listening to yourself by eliminating all distractions.
  • How to include having fun in your self-coaching journey.
  • How to use visualization and movement as you discover and test your thoughts.



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Episode Timeline:

  • [0:41] The importance of becoming your own coach, your best friend, and your support.
  • [3:21] Self-coaching - learning to be self-aware and working on yourself as you evolve.
  • [7:10] The responsibilities of a coach towards a coachee and in this case towards yourself.
  • [8:23] The must-haves for a coachee as you take charge of your growth.
  • [9:45] Understanding the right time or situation to start self-coaching.
  • [12:10] The noticeable long-term benefits of self-coaching.
  • [16:44] The key active listening skills according to research by the Centre for Creative Leadership.
  • [21:56] How to ask yourself powerful and open questions during self-coaching.
  • [24:30] The vitality of applying communication skills in your self-coaching journey.
  • [29:07] Perspectives and choices- being naturally creative to easily find solutions.
  • [30:56] Learning how to reframe your negative thoughts to positive ones.
  • [31:48] Challenging yourself by moving out of your comfort zone and tracking your progress in your coaching process.
  • [33:36] Why you need to recognize the need for coaching and where it can benefit your life.


Standout Quotes:

  • “You can learn from others, you can develop yourself further, and you can experiment with new ideas and tools.”- Cathleen [4:37]


  • “Give yourself a challenge to step out of your comfort zone, so it stretches your creative learning and it moves you towards different and new solutions.”- Cathleen [31:50]


  • “Perfection is the endless loop of indecision and inaction.”- Cathleen [33:15]



Find | Cathleen Merkel


On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel

On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching

On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel




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About Cathleen: 


As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU!

Cathleen focuses on women who lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come. 

At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised and clear about their future. 

With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a female leader herself, she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations.


Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ –Cathleen was able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet!


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