Marike Nienaber, D.Ms, is a dynamic South African-based professional life coach and metaphysician, actively guiding individuals on their transformative journeys since 2021.
At 41 years old and a mother of three, Marike is a remarkable figure who holds an impressive 18 coaching certifications and, at the age of 40, attained her doctorate degree in metaphysical sciences after two years of unwavering dedication. Her credentials also include being a qualified Usui Reiki Master Teacher.
Marike’s expertise lies in personality analysis and emotional intelligence, where she excels in fostering empowerment and self-discovery. She extends her wisdom through “The Clarity Catalyst,” a coaching program designed to ignite positive change. In early 2023, Marike unveiled the Boheems Academy as an integral component of her unique coaching program, offering clients and students alike the opportunity to embark on their heroic journey with a holistic approach. While her primary focus is on women aged 30 to 50, her academy warmly welcomes anyone eager to explore this empowering path.
Dr. Marike is an avid learner herself, currently pursuing studies in psychology. She’s also a published author, with her self-help book, “From Sidekick to Superhero,” available on Kindle. Her ambitions know no bounds, aiming to train 1,000 students within the next two years and produce more insightful self-help books. Beyond her academic and coaching pursuits, Marike has gained a strong following on TikTok, where she shares educational and inspirational content, uplifting and empowering her audience.
What is your niche (coaching focus) and how did you choose it?
My coaching niche is centered around personality analysis and emotional intelligence. The decision to focus on these areas stems from my deep-seated belief that genuine self-awareness and mastering emotional regulation are not just tools for personal growth but the keys to living a content and purposeful life, regardless of the challenges life presents.
Who is your ideal client?
Over the years, through my personal experiences, extensive studies, and interactions with clients, I’ve noticed a common thread. Millennial and Gen X women, shaped by societal expectations, often lose touch with their authentic selves as they age. My ideal client is a woman aged 30 to 50 who senses a disconnection and yearns for self-discovery and empowerment. This age group has a unique set of challenges and experiences that I am well-equipped to address.
What inspired you to become a life coach?
My journey into life coaching was an unexpected turn of events. Facing a profound personal crisis and reaching the depths of despair, I made the conscious decision to pursue life coaching as a means of rescuing myself. My initial step involved completing a Mindfulness Life Coach Certification, which I diligently applied to my daily life. The profound transformations that unfolded as a result of these techniques motivated me to delve deeper into the world of coaching. My journey has been marked by a thirst for knowledge and a passion for sharing the life-changing methods I’ve encountered, ultimately leading to the blossoming of my coaching business.
How long have you been coaching?
After a full year of study, my coaching journey commenced in 2021, and over the past three years, it has continuously evolved and grown. Each year has brought new learnings and experiences that have enhanced my approach to coaching, making me a more effective and empathetic coach.
How did you get your first client?
My inaugural client in 2021 was a fellow network marketer who initially sought a listening ear and support. During our sessions, I not only provided a safe space for her to express herself but also introduced her to the transformative techniques I had been learning and implementing in my own life. Over the course of a year, our coaching relationship deepened, and she evolved into a dear friend. Her openness and eagerness to learn played a pivotal role in shaping my coaching approach, and she is now pursuing her own coaching career. This experience was foundational in molding my path as a coach.
How has your coaching journey changed your life?
My coaching journey has been transformative in my own life. As I began taking the first few coaching courses, my hunger for knowledge grew stronger. In 2021, I embarked on a doctorate program for Metaphysical Sciences, and, to my surprise, the foundation laid by the extensive array of life coaching courses I had completed made the academic journey considerably easier. This enabled me to complete my Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees in a span of just two years, a remarkable achievement. My specialization in personality analysis and emotional regulation solidified, and at the beginning of 2023, I launched my own academy as an integral part of my unique coaching program. This academy requires clients to undertake self-improvement, allowing them to become their own life coaches. My personal experience with the transformative power of these methods inspired me to provide others with the same opportunity for growth and empowerment.
What is the most challenging part of being a life coach?
The most challenging aspect of being a life coach is working with clients who are hesitant or unwilling to invest the necessary effort to enact meaningful change in their lives. It emphasizes the importance of selecting clients carefully, as successful coaching requires a commitment to personal growth and change from both parties.
What is the most fulfilling part of being a life coach?
The most fulfilling moment in my coaching journey is when a client reaches a stage where they can independently resolve their own issues and obstacles, applying the tools and insights I’ve provided. It’s a beautiful realization that they no longer need a coach because they are adequately equipped and empowered to take full charge of their own happiness and success. This is often when clients transition from clients to friends, as they step into a more self-assured and empowered version of themselves.
What has been your most inspirational coaching moment, with a client?
One of the most inspirational moments in my coaching career was witnessing a single mother undergo a remarkable transformation, embracing her full personal power and authenticity. She made significant changes in her life that not only improved her own well-being but also had a positive impact on her family. This experience reinforced the belief in the transformative power of coaching and the incredible resilience and potential within each individual.
What is your favorite coaching activity or exercise to do with clients?
My go-to coaching activity is centered around Emotional Intelligence. It’s a pivotal starting point in our coaching journey, as mastering emotional intelligence serves as a foundation for personal growth. Once emotional intelligence is well-established, we delve into personality analysis, allowing clients to gain deeper insights into their individual traits and tendencies, further enhancing their self-awareness.
What has been the most effective strategy for finding clients and/or growing your business?
Building a strong and engaged community on TikTok has proven to be a highly effective strategy for finding clients and expanding my coaching business. By consistently providing educational and inspirational content, I’ve been able to connect with a wide audience and attract individuals who resonate with my coaching approach.
What advice would you give YOURSELF back when you first dreamed of becoming a coach?
If I could offer advice to my younger self when I first dreamed of becoming a coach, I would emphasize the importance of wholeheartedly embracing this calling without fear of judgment. I would encourage myself to take bold steps, without holding back or playing small, because it’s in those moments of fearless pursuit that true growth and transformation occur.
What is the impact you want to make in this world?
My ultimate goal is to empower women to become the architects of their own lives. I firmly believe that a healed and empowered woman has the capacity to heal the world in return, creating a ripple effect of positive change. One client at a time, I aspire to contribute to a world where women are not only self-aware but also confident in their ability to create a life that brings them happiness and fulfillment. This is the impact I aim to make, a world where empowered women become beacons of positive change.
Is there anything else you would like to share with Transformation Coaching Magazine readers?
From Sidekick to Superhero—Becoming the main character in your story, my new self-help book, is launching December 25, 2023 on Kindle.
Are you ready to embark on a transformative journey and become the hero of your own story?
Step into the spotlight of your life’s epic tale. This empowering book takes you on a profound exploration of self-discovery, mindfulness, happiness and purpose, equipping you with the tools to rewrite the script of your life. Drawing on my extensive background in metaphysical sciences, emotional intelligence, and personality analysis, you’ll delve into the depths of your own psyche to uncover the hidden potential within.
Discover how to harness the power of the Law of Attraction to manifest your deepest desires and aspirations. Uncover the keys to emotional intelligence, helping you navigate the complex terrain of your feelings with grace and wisdom. Gain insights into your unique personality, unlocking the strengths that make you the hero of your own story.
Throughout this transformative journey, you’ll learn to:
- Cultivate mindfulness to live in the present moment and find inner peace.
- Unlock the secrets to lasting happiness and joy.
- Define your life’s purpose and create a roadmap to achieve your dreams.
- Harness the Law of Attraction to manifest your heart’s desires.
- Develop emotional intelligence for healthier relationships and self-awareness.
- Embrace your unique personality traits to become your most authentic self.
From Sidekick to Superhero is not just a book; it’s your guide to personal empowerment and transformation. Whether you’re seeking to reignite your passion, overcome obstacles, or simply live a more fulfilling life, this book provides the roadmap to empower yourself as the protagonist of your own epic tale.
Are you ready to embrace your inner hero and rewrite the narrative of your life? Join me on this transformative adventure and discover the power within you to become the hero of your own journey.