Mohammed Motara

Mohammed Motara, New Insights certified life coach Mohammed is a certified life, career and uniqueness coach who uses his academic and holistic background to create a warm, fun and interactive environment.

Mohammed specialises in career discovery, clarity, direction and balance.  His varied client base includes people wanting career direction and clarity, those wanting focus and help to achieve their career goals, and others seeking improved work-life balance.

Mohammed customises coaching programmes to suit his client’s unique needs. As he says “coaching is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ modality”. He has successfully helped a range of people to feel more empowered, gain more clarity and direction and live life authentically.

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Name of Practice: Career Cliniq
Where: Cape Town, Western Cape
Born: 1982
Qualifications: BA (Communications), Master Career Coach (Career
Management Academy), Certified Uniqueness Coach (Seelearndo),
Complementary Health Therapy (Healing Hands International),
New Insights Certified VIP Life Coach.
Specialises in: Career and life coaching
USP:  Offers latest self-assessment and profiling instruments, personalised
programmes, holistic career development, practical career tool-kit.
Fees: R599-R699 per session, depending on programme/therapy.
COMENSA Registered: Yes
Contact: Click here

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My Background

Since I can remember I have always been someone focused on introspection, self-discovery and growth. Being academically strong at school I wanted to make the most of my life and therefore went with the advice of my parents and teachers to study dentistry. That was a BIG wake-up call!! I quickly realised that I was not moving towards my natural talents and passions and I could foresee a very unhappy and unfulfilled future if I continued on this route. Little did I know that this experience would later spark my passion to help others to discover their own uniqueness and power.

“Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.”
-Carl Jung-

What seemed like a career dilemma at the time in fact prompted me to look deep within myself and ask the big questions:

  • “Who am I?”
  • “What do I want?”
  • “What is my purpose in life?”

These were indeed difficult questions to ask at a young age but it allowed me to open the door to self-discovery.  I changed my academic direction to a BA in Communications, majoring in Psychology.  At the same time I travelled extensively and lived in Europe as part of my quest to discover more about myself.

“Seek and ye shall find”

Throughout my travels and studies I was always trying to align my vocation with my most authentic Self.  One day I realised that my passion for self discovery and growth came so naturally to me that I was always introspecting and subconsciously helping others to do the same. It was only a couple of years later that I discovered life coaching and at last felt like I was doing something that resonated with me on a deeper level.  Not only was I doing something I had a passion for but I could help others to live their best life as well.

“We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.”
– Galileo Galilei-

After a couple of years of coaching I realised that my greatest contribution as a coach would be to empower my clients and not make them dependent on me. I could do this by helping them discover their own personal power and natural abilities. I wanted to take individuals through a process of self-discovery and give them tools to own and manage their power in real life areas like career, personal development, relationships, etc.

I gained certification as a Uniqueness Coach with Seelearndo in 2009 which gave me powerful tools to help people to discover their own natural talents and be in control of their power so that they may live their most authentic lives. My qualifications in this area also allowed me to be a part of a team that designed and facilitated workshops at the University of South Africa (UNISA). This involved intensive coaching, training and mentoring in different departments at UNISA from 2009 – 2011.

“Harmony is a beautiful balance between mind, body and soul measured in tender peaceful moments.”
-Melanie Koulouris-

In order to integrate a more holistic approach to coaching, I began a 2 year study in Complementary Health Therapy at the beginning of 2012. This allowed me to take the coaching beyond the level of the mind and integrate aspects of mind, body and soul.

My journey thus far has enabled me to niche in Career Coaching. I completed a Master Career Coaching certification in 2013 with the Career Management Academy. This gave me further tools to assist individuals trying to gain career clarity and direction, those who are unhappy in their current job/career or individuals trying to manage a work-life balance. In combination with my other studies, I have developed the following programme options, customized for each need respectively.

Why Career Coaching?

In October 2013, Forbes magazine published findings by the Gallup group who polled 230,000 full-time and part-time workers in 142 countries. These were their findings:

•    Only 13% of workers feel engaged by their jobs. That means they feel a sense of passion for their work, a deep connection to what they do and they spend their days driving innovation and moving their company forward.

•    63% are “not engaged,” meaning they are unhappy but not drastically so. In short, they’re checked out. They sleepwalk through their days, putting little energy into their work.

•    A full 24% are what Gallup calls “actively disengaged,” meaning they pretty much hate their jobs. They act out and undermine what their co-workers accomplish.

•    87% of workers worldwide who, as Gallup puts it, “are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and less likely to be productive.” In other words, work is more often a source of frustration than one of fulfilment for nearly 90% of the world’s workers. That means that most workplaces are less productive and less safe than they could be and employers are less likely to create new jobs.

Reflecting on the above statistics, it is shocking to see that almost 90% of the world is dissatisfied, disconnected or disengaged in their careers. Either because:

1.    they are doing work that lacks passion or fulfilment  since it is not aligned with who they really are;

2.     they lack a vision or have limiting beliefs that keep them “stuck”, preventing them from reaching fulfilling goals;

3.    they are stressed out, imbalanced and not motivated by their work any longer.

What is Career Coaching?

The most common misperception is that it is the same as career guidance, which generally involves student level assessment of IQ and academic results in order to recommend a particular academic career/study direction.

Career coaching is a very different process which empowers the individual through a process of self-discovery, self-assessment and self-leadership. The focus is on discovery, action, empowerment and balance. Coaching conversations are supported by the application of powerful career management tools – the combination of which can be termed the career management process. Through this process the individual engages proactively in achieving a career in which they flourish and succeed.

The career management process is applied at various stages of career progression from finding work, to moving up through the ranks, or making a career change/transition. A career coach works with an individual from the beginning of their career through to senior level.

The proven career management tools which support the coaching conversation include: powerful self-assessment, identifying direction, skills development, goal setting, Emotional Intelligence (EQ), overcoming obstacles, interview skills, maintaining work/life balance, meditation and wellness modalities.

The Coaching Process

It doesn’t matter at which stage you are on your career journey, each one of the customised programmes will address your needs. From young people fresh out of school seeking career clarity and direction to well-established professionals seeking balance and inspiration in their career, we will customise the perfect fit for you.

Each phase has a SYSTEM in place that addresses the above concerns and is customised according to each client’s needs. Each SYSTEM has been developed as a program that is then customised according to each individual client’s needs.  The acronym SYSTEM will: Save You from Stress, Time, Energy and Money! Below is a summary of each program:

  1. Career Discovery and Direction
  2. Career Focus and Action
  3. Career Management and Balance

Phase 1: Career Discovery and Directiondream-job

This programme is customised to provide a greater understanding of the client’s strengths, talents, passions, etc and align it with their unique personality type, values, and purpose. Using powerful career tools and cutting edge assessments, the individual will gain much greater clarity and direction.

Who is this for?

•    School and university students who are unsure of their career choices
•    Young adults wanting to discover which career they should follow
•    Individuals who are taking a GAP year
•    Individuals who are unhappy or disengaged in their current job
•    Individuals who want to make a career change
•    Individuals wanting more clarity and direction in their career path

What will you gain from this phase?

Clarity, direction, greater self-awareness, authenticity

“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life!
– Marc Anthony-

Phase 2: Career Focus and Action

athleteThis programme is customised for clients wanting to reach their career goals, stay focused and remove obstacles in their path to success. Combined with powerful coaching methodologies and tools they will feel more focused, empowered and self confident.

Who is this for?

•    Individuals who want to take the awareness gained in Phase 1 and put it into action
•    Individuals wanting to stay focused and on track with their academic/career goals
•    Individuals feeling stuck or overwhelmed in attaining their career goals
•    Individuals who struggle to attain their career goals due to internal obstacles/ limiting beliefs holding them back
•    Individuals struggling to create a long term action plan or strategy for their life

What will you gain from this phase?

Focus, how to set and reach your goals, tools for creating your reality, removing obstacles in your path to success, confidence, self-empowerment.

“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”
-John F. Kennedy–

Phase 3: Career Management and Balance

meditating-suitThis programme is customised for clients who want more balance between their work and personal life, regain a passion for their work and “take stock” of their life/career. This phase also includes the holistic approach and provides the option for added wellness therapies which bring balance to mind-body-soul.

Who is this for?

• Individuals who feel stressed in their current work position
• Individuals who are struggling to find a balance between their work and personal life
• Individuals who need to re-evaluate their career path
• Individuals who feel disengaged and have lost motivation in their current work
• Individuals seeking a holistic approach to career-life balance with the option to include wellness therapies

What will you gain from this phase?

Tools for creating balance, renewed clarity to approaching one’s work, a greater sense of overall wellness, tools to still the mind, feel engaged and passionate about work and personal life, physical and mental wellness.

Coaching Options

• Coaching can be conducted face to face, via Skype or telephone.
• Coaching sessions are one-on-one or group sessions can be arranged.
• Coaching sessions are conducted anywhere in South Africa or internationally via Skype or telephone.
• The first session is a FREE assessment session in order to customise the appropriate programme for the client’s needs.

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.-

15 Responses to Mohammed Motara
  1. Alison Eckstein
    Nov 28, 2009 | 4:41 pm

    My Coach’s attention to detail and picking up on aspects of my life that were important to me was outstanding. Good creativity in preparation of the sessions.

    My initial apprehension about difference in age and gender proved unfounded and turned out to be a positive contributor to the sessions.

    – Alison Eckstein –
    Strategic Sourcing Manager, Transnet Port Terminals
    South Africa

  2. Dr Iqram Bux
    Nov 28, 2009 | 4:42 pm

    Mohammed is an excellent coach who has an amazing gift for putting things into perspective and making them achievable. I felt truly inspired after each session I had with him and found the entire coaching journey to be truly rewarding! I have recommended him to many of my colleagues and family members.

    – Dr Iqram Bux –
    Officer Commanding, School for Military Health Training
    South Africa

  3. Erik Jongen
    Nov 28, 2009 | 4:42 pm

    I found coaching to be a life-changing experience. My coach was really supportive throughout. I also enjoyed the creativity of the sessions and the music and video pieces. Thank you for everything!

    – Erik Jongen –
    The Netherlands

  4. Charmaine le Roux
    Apr 11, 2012 | 11:55 am

    When I started the coaching I was feeling lost and afraid. I couldn’t make any decisions and I let other people run my life. I was very unhappy. Now, I am in control of my life and my future. I know who I am and what I want. I am happy and so much stronger. I have peace in my heart about my future.

    Registered Nurse.

  5. Dean Govender
    Apr 11, 2012 | 11:58 am

    “The coaching has provided an immense sense of clarity and depth relating to Self understanding and acceptance. Mohammed’s passion, empathy and vast knowledge on self –development is truly inspiring. I have a much better appreciation and understanding of my unique personality and talents and I now view life as an event filled with endless possibilities. Having a life coach is not something people should ponder on when something bad happens but rather an essential to every human being’s life!”
    Dean Govender,
    Strategy Engineering Manager

  6. Glenda Hendricks
    Feb 23, 2014 | 7:22 pm

    “I found my coaching experience with Mohammed rewarding and energizing. He has helped me put things into perspective, giving me a greater understanding of myself and what I want at this ‘season’ of my life. He showed great insight in his ability to draw together the aspects of the coaching sessions enabling me to get a ‘big picture’ of a future way of working. Thank you for bringing me back on track, Mohammed.”

  7. Sumaya Khan
    Feb 23, 2014 | 7:23 pm

    “Mohammed, what you have brought to the surface for me with your guidance, is indescribable in words. I have identified my intrinsic purpose in life. The skill that you have taught me is invaluable and will remain with me forever. This is just the beginning. I now have such an overwhelming desire to be all that I am destined to be. Thank you seems like such small words to reciprocate.”

  8. Redwaan Vermaak
    Feb 23, 2014 | 7:30 pm

    The coaching has really made me understand myself better and I am able to challenge myself and feel good in doing so. There is more self-awareness and I am able take back my power by setting boundaries and challenging self-limiting beliefs.

  9. Andre Katlego Motsisi
    Feb 23, 2014 | 7:37 pm

    My journey over the past months has been nothing short of miraculous! I now know who I am, my talents, personality and what my passions are. Moreover, I now remember how to combine them to create a life of joy and laughter. Highly recommended!”

  10. Wesley Jansen
    Feb 23, 2014 | 7:49 pm

    When I started the coaching I was in a job I hated. The career coaching has given me a greater understanding of the factors contributing towards my feelings. I now understand myself a lot better and will use this information as a blueprint for future decisions.

  11. Kamala Ahomed
    Feb 23, 2014 | 7:52 pm

    I have seen a HUGE difference in my awareness and behaviour after the coaching compared to before. This is definitely a reason to believe return on investment is a reality.

  12. Rauna Mutumbulua
    Sep 21, 2017 | 6:03 am

    Meeting Mohammed was such a special gift. He is a very kind and compassionate human being and experiencing him was just extraordinary. He helped me gain the clarity that I needed regarding my career. He did it masterfully and skillfully using questions to dig deep and it was all so worthwhile. It was challenging and frustrating at times, but he never gave up and he went the extra mile by putting in more time when it was needed. I felt like giving up at times but he kept pushing, so gently, yet so firmly. It was this gentle pushing that helped me turn on the light bulb so that I could see with clarity. I am still is awe of what I am able see and do as a result.

    Perhaps the magic is in the sound of his soothing voice. I don’t know. I tried to figure it out but I can’t quite put my finger on it! All I have to say is ‘Thank you, Thank you, Thank you so much’. I wish you nothing but the best!

  13. Carmen Smit
    Oct 11, 2017 | 9:57 pm

    When I started getting coached I was in d difficult place in my life. I was unsure of my future, unhappy with the
    way I handle difficult situations and I was in general in a bad place. With the
    help of Mohammed and the different skills he showed me I am more confident, more in control, more aware of my behaviour and I know that I am
    studying in the right direction for what will make me happy from a job perspective as well.

    It has been a pleasure working with you.
    Thank you

  14. Mphoentle Mothobi
    Mar 16, 2018 | 12:26 pm

    From the minute coaching commenced with Mohammed, I felt that I was in good hands from both a competency level and an emotional level. This coaching was a place for me to allow myself to be vulnerable and share my truth at that point in time. I truly believe he was born to do this because he is absolutely graceful about it. Unpacking and uplifting seems effortless to him.

    This coaching has helped me open up in my soul and hear the music within. Because of this coaching I now know my life purpose and I have a personal purpose statement that guides me, and that has given me a sense of clarity that I have never had with regards to the pursuit of my life journey . I have also re-discovered the activities that bring me joy and have started enjoying them regularly and have decided that my decisions will come from a place of love and feeling as that is the nature of my new found personality type; already that has proven to profit me intrinsically.

    Now that I know myself inside out, my life purpose & my values; my career decisions going forward will be coming from a centered, informed and authentic space. This coaching has been the best investment I have made for myself.Thanks Mohammed.

    Children’s Stories Writer & Narrator
    (Previously a banker)

  15. Emma Butler
    Apr 14, 2019 | 2:10 pm

    Mohammed has a true gift to heal.His approach is gentle yet firm. He runs a professional business and I always felt safe and in capable hands. He managed to unlock the magic in me, of a person I lost along the way:myself. I can only describe this journey as profound. Profound personal growth, profound acceptance and love, profound soul gratification. Thank you Mohammed, your help saved my life.

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