Myke Celis is a Philippines-based professional coach. Myke talks to The Industry Leaders about how he went from bankruptcy to living the best version of himself and now helps others to do the same.
How did you end up sitting where you are today?
Coming from a dysfunctional family, an abusive relationship, and a betrayal by a friend who left me bankrupt, I found myself at my lowest point. That's when I discovered my own #bestmeever, my personal hashtag that I used when I started posting my lessons learned about my experiences on Facebook as my way of coping.
That led to me being asked by a local publisher to publish my own book, which became my springboard to becoming a professional life coach. Six years later, with 4 best sellers and as a Global Master Coach, I still continue to inspire people to be their best.
What kind of work does your role involve?
I help people gain clarity in their lives as they overcome limiting beliefs, design the life they want and become empowered within as they become the best versions of themselves: their own #bestmeever, whatever that may be. It's all about empowering them to live authentically and unapologetically experience the kind of life they want and deserve. Self-empowerment is a key component in all my coaching programs because I am a firm believer that everything starts from one's self.
What gets you excited about your industry?
Being in the coaching industry is such a rewarding experience. Every time I see my coachees have their breakthroughs, I celebrate their wins with them. Their success is my success. At the end of the day, my heart is full from seeing the beautiful impact of my profession in others' lives by helping them become a lot happier in the process as I help them move from where they are to where they want to be. I always think that in my own little way, by coaching people, I help make this world a better place to live in.
What's the best advice anyone ever gave you?
Rob, a good friend of mine, once told me: "Be the first Myke Celis of the world." And that made a whole lot of sense: to not try to be like someone else, but rather stay true to myself and my brand. And that's what I have been doing all this time: allowing myself to just be my #bestmeever - a Unicorn who refuses to fit in any mould simply because I know I can create my own. By doing so, I inspire others to do just the same: to just let themselves be and allow the rest of the world to experience them as they are.
What, or who inspires you?
I always have the people who believe in me inspire me in everything I do, whether as a coach, speaker, author or host. These people - my family, friends, listeners, viewers, readers, followers - give me more than enough reason every single day to continue being a source of hope and inspiration with my daily reflections and thought-provoking questions on my social media pages and community. My heart overflows with gratitude every day from their random messages of love and support simply because they resonated with my posts.
How do you keep up to speed with what's happening in your industry?
I always take time to study new trends and get certifications from reputable institutes. But more than just getting certified, I put learnings into practice. I am a firm believer in being able to walk the talk. That's why I let my clients experience what I learned so they can vouch for themselves. I am also part of ICF, and I do participate in the organisation's activities as well every now and then when not busy.
What was the most challenging project or situation you've overcome?
I think it was when I decided to start all over again from scratch to be a life coach. For 14 years, I was an advertising/marketing executive, so you can imagine the struggles I had to endure. I had to learn the basics, get certified, have people experience my coaching and hopefully deliver results enough to merit their testimonials. Back then, there were difficult days, and I just wanted to give up, but I remembered telling myself that I would rather be uncomfortable now than live a life filled with 'what could have beens'. And looking back now, that was the best decision I made 6 years ago.
You finish work today and step outside the office to find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do?
I would invest in my dream bed and breakfast place by the beach in Boracay, one of the world's best beaches. It will be a coaching sanctuary called Myke's Selfscovery Haven, where people can relax, unwind and discover more about themselves in the process. I want it to be the go-to place for people who want to figure out what their own #bestmeever is like.
I'll donate some to charities closest to my heart and save the rest first. It's hard to think all at the same time. I don't want to be impulsive. Haha!
How do you switch off after a day at work?
I usually spend time writing on my gratitude journal all the things that made me happy throughout the day, then proceed to meditate and pray afterwards just to close my day on a peaceful note. Most nights, I spend time watching Netflix or TikTok Videos. Sometimes I also read books or cook something fancy for myself like the ones I see on YouTube or TikTok, which can be such a nice stress reliever, if I may say.
If you had one wish for the future of your industry, what would it be?
I think coming from my current space, I hope that coaching will grow even more popular in the Philippines (like that in other countries) and be included in the best practices of Human Resources in each and every company. I truly believe in the value of coaching in the workplace (or even in school and at home!), so it will be nice to recognise it fully here. I am optimistic, though, as I see it becoming more and more accepted in my current space.
What book or podcast should everyone know about?
Oprah's Super Soul Conversations for me on podcast! Like seriously life-changing.
Would I be biased if I tell people that it should be my book series, #bestmeever? I mean, kidding aside, if you want your daily dose of inspiration, powerful questions to know yourself better and thought-provoking reflections, then my books are for you guys. I already have 4 titles under that series available on Amazon; they have become official best sellers. Worth your while, I promise!
How should people connect with you?
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