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The Legendary Leaders Podcast

Apr 28, 2021

How do you see yourself, what determines your self-worth? Did you know that your self-worth is about how you see yourself and not how others see you? That’s right, you’re the only one holding the power, only you can determine how much you’re worth.


In this episode of Legendary Leaders Podcast, Cathleen dives deep into the topic of self-worthiness and how you can build it. She explains what should and shouldn’t determine your self-worth, the qualities of people with high levels of self-worth, and the feelings you need to nurture self-worth.


Listen in to learn the importance of positive thinking in building your confidence and eventually self-worth.


Key Takeaways:

  • How not to allow other people to determine your self-worth, only you can do that.
  • How to build your self-worth by cultivating confidence and authenticity.
  • How to define what success means to you and build confidence and self-worth around that.
  • The power of positive thinking and how to translate negativity to positivity.


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Episode Timeline:

  • [0:41] Intro
  • [8:51] The importance of knowing your self-love in all aspects of your life.
  • [10:41] Learn to listen to feedback to improve your behaviors while staying true to yourself and others.
  • [14:36] Defining self-worthiness as how you see yourself as capable.
  • [15:52] The difference between self-worth and self-value.
  • [17:17] Five factors that determine your self-worth; appearance, net worth, who you know, your career, and what you achieve.
  • [20:28] Learn about the factors that shouldn’t determine your self-worth.
  • [23:20] The qualities of people with high levels of self-worth and those with low levels of self-worth.
  • [26:31] An exercise to help you start the process of building your self-love.
  • [29:00] How to accept yourself and develop confidence in your self-worth building journey.
  • [31:41] Learn from your mistakes and failures to become an even better person.
  • [33:17] The five feelings that truly nurture self-worth.
  • [34:48] Eight simple and harder ways to improve your sense of self-worth


Standout Quotes:

  • “Just because you know your self-worth doesn’t necessarily mean you believe it or believe you deserve the same from someone else.”- Cathleen Merkel [14:03]


  • “Don’t let people define what your self-worth is; it has to come from you.” - Cathleen Merkel [21:53]


  • “You’re valuable for who you are, not for what you do.” - Cathleen Merkel [30:04]


  • “If negative thoughts pop into your mind, translate them into positive thoughts.” - Cathleen Merkel [35:19]


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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