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The Legendary Leaders Podcast

Jun 15, 2021


Have you reached your full potential? Are you living the best version of your life, or are you being held back by your self-limiting beliefs?


To reach your full potential and live the best version of your life, it is vital to reflect and experiment with risk-taking to transform. In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, I welcome Mike Normant - author, Executive Coach and leadership trainer. He has 25 years of experience in corporate careers and his current purpose is to help raise self-awareness in the world. Mike talks about his self-awareness journey and how it transformed him into a more risk-taking version of himself.


Listen in to learn the importance of experimenting with small risks before taking bigger risks in your self-coaching journey to stretch yourself out of your comfort zone.


You will also learn how self-coaching allows you to be more present and to set clear boundaries in all aspects of your life.


Key Takeaways:

  • How to change your mindset and take risks to realize your potential.
  • How to challenge your self-limiting beliefs by reflecting deeply in therapy and coaching.
  • How to increase your ability to be more present and to manage your boundaries with the help of self-coaching.



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Episode Timeline:

  • [5:37] How Mike uses self-coaching to help people drive for sustainable behaviour change.
  • [7:39] Mike shares how his life transformed as he became a risk-taker and realised his potential.
  • [12:36] How he learned to experiment with small risks before taking bigger ones.
  • [15:16] Learning how to use experimentation to start your self-coaching journey.
  • [20:05] Challenge your own self-limiting story to understand whether it’s true or not.
  • [24:21] Why self-coaching is becoming very important in organisations’ future.
  • [31:46] The different behavioural shifts and benefits of self-coaching experimenting.
  • [34:45] Make the right choices for yourself by experimenting with boundary management.
  • [37:59] Mike talks about his self-coaching program and the self-leadership tools it offers.
  • [40:40] Where you can get Mike’s online self-coaching program.


Standout Quotes:

  • “When we’re working on ourselves, if we can hold our actions as experiments, then it’s much less likely that we’re going to judge ourselves if they don’t work out the way we hope they would.”- Mike Normant [16:22]


  • “Self-coaching will become even stronger and more important in the near future.”- Cathleen Merkel [24:04]


  • “Becoming more effective at attention management can help with handling lots of the distractions.”- Mike Normant [34:52]


  • “Give yourself space and time to reflect, to simply be, to enjoy yourself, and to own your development and transformation more and more.”- Cathleen Merkel [44:41]



Find | Cathleen Merkel


On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel

On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching

On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel



Find | Mike Normant


On LinkedIn:

Book: Coach Your Self Up - or “” for listeners based in the US or Canada.

Mike is looking forward to hearing from you by sending an email to






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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About Mike Normant


Mike Normant is an author, executive coach, and leadership trainer, with a 25-year corporate career that included running global Learning & Development at both eBay and ServiceSource.  He is also the creator of Coach Your Self Up, a training program that teaches self-coaching skills to help individuals make lasting behaviour changes in support of their career and life goals. Following his own personal transformation, Mike created this program in service of his purpose: to raise self-awareness in the world so that as many people as possible may achieve more of their potential.


Mike was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently lives in San Mateo. He’s an avid live music fan and can’t wait for concerts to make a post-COVID return.