Naureen Athar is one of the coaches that we found this month and we did a little interview with her. She impressed us with her honesty and expertise.
She is a Pakistani native born in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She transitioned from teaching mathematics to becoming a certified life coach. Fueled by a quest for self discovery and inspired by the works of influential figures, she overcame personal obstacles, including a battle with anger and a deep seated sense of rejection.
Her transformation, forged during the 2022 pandemic, led her to embrace coaching, with a unique approach grounded in the “Incredible You” methodology based on the Enneagram model of personality.
She cares deeply about each of her clients. Her coaching is pretty unique. It’s marked by a focus on self awareness and emotional intelligence. Through journal activities, reflective practices, and a systematic online portal, she guides individuals to a profound mind shift, fostering confidence, groundedness, and a mindful approach to language and life. Here is what she said.
Meet Life Coach Naureen Athar:
Name: Naureen Athar
Pillar: The Spirit, The Mind
Who is this coach for: Anyone who wants to find their true personality and gain clarity on what they want to achieve and how with a fresh new mindset.
How they can help: By using evaluation tests and questionnaries to determine their core personality bluepring, and also by using various coaching tools and techniques like journaling.
First of all, how are you and your family doing after these Pandemic times?
I have never felt better in my life than now.
Wonderful changing times we are living in.
Pandemic were uncertain times.
Fear gripped everyone.
The world shifted online.
I was not working then.
My children were happy since there were no exams.
How did the coronavirus pandemic affect your clients? Did it affect you at all?
The pandemic affected me and my family.
At that time, I was not a coach, only a student of psychology.
Classes all stopped for a few months and when they started we used to wear masks.
I remember there were 2 strong waves of the virus where me and my family members became sick.
But as we came out of it we were stronger than before.
What are the biggest lessons that you learned in this pandemic?
Looking for alternative solutions which are natural are an absolute essential in life.
Although I became health conscious when I developed Psoriasis on my feet 5 years before the Coronavirus hit.
The virus only reinforced my belief that healthy food consumption with love therapy are the only ways to real health.
Tell us about you, your career, how you started with your coaching career?
I am a Pakistani who was born in Abu Dhabi, UAE and raised up there.
I came to Karachi, Pakistan to further my undergraduate degree in engineering.
But later I shifted to the field of education.
I worked as a Mathematics teacher teaching O level students appearing for IGCSE in a private school for 6 years.
Many personalities related questions I had then that lead me on a path to study works of L. Ron Hubbard, Carl Rogers, Eric Berne and Fritz Perl.
I became a life coach after the pandemics in 2022.
It has been 6 months now that I have been certified from the Arfeen Khan university for coaches.
I am currently pursuing a diploma in counselling in psychotherapy from CPCAB, UK.
What was your biggest obstacle that you had to overcome in your life that made you who you are today?
My anger was the single biggest hurdle in my life.
It shows in us in many forms: regrets, frustrations, outbursts, procrastination, reactions, grief, anxieties, overwhelm.
Anger was the biggest hurdle I had in my self growth.
I was constantly retroflexed but learning to let go, healed me.
It is a journey I am still on but now I am able to manifest my life gradually according to how I want it.
I always felt rejected as I grew up.
As a girl my brother was valued.
I somehow thought I can do all the things a boy can do and hence became an engineer.
I did not know my real passion laid in helping turning people around.
As I grew up I had developed a deep mistrust of the word love.
Retroflexed and self sabotaging I slowly developed self love for myself.
Changing my inner berating voice to an admirer’s voice I was able to understand my destructive patterns and consciously change them.
I have come to the realization that love is a conscious choice we make with every breath we take whether it is thoughts we are thinking or feelings we are feeling or how we are behaving to maintain connection, love is a conscious choice every single breath.
The Coaching Style:
How do you innovate with coaching your clients?
I coach clients to develop personality awareness and help them discover their unique patterns so that they are able to consciously change them.
And then we work on achieving one short term goal together.
Clients not only become aware of their personality and at which energy level they are functioning but they also discover their baselines, their negative coding and their unique success blueprint.
All this is done in a 3 month program via an online portal which clients gain access to once they join the program.
Two hours on a clear Sunday morning is all they need to invest in terms of time.
What’s unique about your coaching approach?
The coaching approach I employ has been developed by Coach Arfeen Khan by the name of “Incredible You” and is truly unique because it is based on the Enneagram model of personality.
We ask our clients a quick 154 questions with 2 possible answer choices to determine their unique personality.
By reading the 20 page report that is generated by our system clients are also able to determine at which energy level (very good, good, average, below average, destructive) they are operating.
Next, they discover their wing of personality, meaning which out of the 2 personalities beside their main personality do they lean towards.
And finally, their unique mood.
All this gives us a unique combination of 108 personality types.
Other coaching approaches focus on only goal achievement but we focus on self awareness which is the foundation of emotional intelligence fostering change and confidence.
What benefits do your clients get after working with you?
They find themselves more grounded and confident.
They are motivated to achieve what they always wanted to achieve.
After understanding themselves, clueless clients are also able to understand what they really want or what suits them because we take everything through their baselines, which is their core identity.
They are mindful of the language they use.
The most profound thing to witness is their mindshift in these 3 months.
Do you use any specific tools to be efficient with your clients?
Journal activities are asked to be filled every week.
A reflective journal is maintained also throughout our journey.
Online portal plays videos of Arfeen Khan instructing himself.
A very systematic online portal makes the whole process seamless.
If you had a super megaphone that, when you speak into, the whole world will hear your message, what would you say?
Love! Choose love every single breath!
What is the greatest lesson you have learned in your life?
“No one is to blame, I was standing in my own way” and “Love is a choice.”
Your final thoughts?
Coaching and therapy are my life now.
It’s a journey of real healing that I would want every person to embark on, it is now my life’s mission.
Where Can You Find Naureen Athar?
If you liked this interview and you would love to see how Naureen can help you, go to http://www.coachnaureen.com/ and find out how to start your journey.
If you’d like to connect with her more personally, you can do that through LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, or by sending her a direct message by Email [email protected]. It was an honor having this interview with her.