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About Gretchen Pritts

Gretchen Pritts is a business intuitive coach that helps soul-centered business owners tame their inner conflicts, so they can bring their bigger vision into reality and create a business that is aligned with their truest desires.

What Does Kickassery Mean Anyway?

I think for each of us it means something different, but the general sense is Kickassery is something that feels awesome. In fact to be a little more formal, the Urban Dictionary defines Kickassery as, “how much ass something kicks”. And to me something kicking ass is similar to something that totally rocks!!

Me and My Oldest Home from College 🙂

Anyway – over the past few weeks, I’ve been on a mission to rediscover what totally rocks or kicks ass in my life.

You see, over the past few years I’ve been so consumed with building a business and everyday life that I totally – and I mean totally – lost what kicks ass in my life. Seriously – LOST IT!

And the crazy thing is – I didn’t even realize it. What?!

I sat down the other day to take a minute to notice what brings me joy. The funny thing is, the list took forever, and I mean forever, to get started. I was getting nothing for the longest time.

And then …

Well this is what my list looked like:

  • Being creative (I’m not an artist, but love to try)
  • Collecting vintage items (love a good treasure hunt)
  • Going to auctions (again – the treasure hunt)
  • Spending time with my family (especially when we are all together)
  • Reading a great book (the kind you can’t put down)
  • Cooking (while drinking wine of course)
  • Dancing with friends (while drinking wine of course ;))
  • Singing at the top of my lungs (especially to Bon Jovi)
  • Traveling (to new and old places )

These were the main points of my list. And you know what the funny thing is – no where on this list did it say building a successful business. What’s up with that?!

Seriously, I spent all this time focused on business and lost myself along the way. So what did I do about it? Well the first thing I did was order an adult coloring book – yeah I use to love to color and was looking at these books for awhile.

The next thing I did was open an Etsy shop to sell my vintage items. I have so much stuff that we bought over the years and it is time to start sharing the treasures with others!!

And what happened after I started adding Kickassery back into my life –

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A Few of My Etsy Treasures

Well, the coloring book arrived and I totally fell in LOVE!! Just by working on this, I can feel my creative juices flowing. My Etsy shop is not even a week old and I already made two sales!! I am so excited for my treasures to end up with someone who loves them as much as I do.

A few other things that happened after I set the Kickassery intention – and these were totally by accident …

I spent time on Thanksgiving with my family laughing until I was crying and my mouth hurt (yeah that’s on my list now). We also had a dance party in the neighbor’s kitchen until 3am!! And of course there was singing to Bon Jovi. We even had a little polka going on!!

Seriously – the Etsy shop and the coloring book I planned, but the rest – well it just happened. Slowly, I’m watching the Kickassery come back – it is even feeling a little more natural now. And of course I’m carrying this intention with me into the New Year.

2016 – the year I create a Kickassery Biz & Life!! Who’s with me?

If you are looking to bring back the Kickassery in your life, let’s find a time to talk. I’d love to help you come up with a plan on how to make that happen!!

Sign up for a time to chat here: http://gretchenpritts.com/complimentary-consult/

When you wake up one day and everything changes …

What happens when the fun is gone …

This week was a week full of self-reflection for me. Actually, it started for me last week when I woke up with reflectionthe realization that I lost all the fun in my biz. And the thing is – this wasn’t like a sad reality – it was more like a matter of fact reality. Like the emotion to the situation was actually gone. Does that make sense?

So it started with that about a week ago. Then on Tuesday I woke up with the biggest ah-ha – you know the ones that make you absolutely laugh out loud …

After all these years, through the disappointments and the successes – I’ve created the wrong business.

I created a business based on what others said I “should” create. Shit! Seriously?

And here’s the funny part: I’ve been in business for about eight years, and during the last year or so I worked with people that wanted to get into alignment with their marketing. See the humor? Alignment is my thing. However, what I realized with my current biz is that I am totally misaligned – not with my marketing, but with my biz!

Wow. How in the world did that happen?

Seriously – sometimes it is amazing how blind we can be with our own stuff …

Here’s the thing though – I was and am so hesitant to send this information out to you. Why? I feel like I morph into something new in my biz about as often as I change my underwear. Well not really, but close.

However, I realized that is the misalignment. That is me moving away from what doesn’t feel right.

So what does feel right –

Well for starters – finding the FUN again and also finding what feels light verses heavy in my biz.

You know, being a business owner is seriously one of the greatest personal growth paths EVER! Growing a business makes you look at your shit. It comes up. And if we don’t explore it and move through it, well we may as well close up shop. Right?

And this is the piece that I adore. This is the piece I have ALWAYS adored – from Day Freaking 1! I love the transformation. I love the layers of the onion – even when they keep peeling and peeling and peeling. I love that stuff. And I shine here. Even better – I am no longer afraid that I shine here!

Sure marketing is fantastic and much needed for our business success.

However, for me, the work I want to put into the world (while having fun and keeping it light) – well marketing just isn’t deep enough. I want to go deeper.

And that’s where I am right now – ready to go deeper. Ready to bring in the FUN. Ready to bring a lightness to my biz. Ready to embrace alignment.

Who’s with me?

You Are Unique & So Is Your Biz

Take a minute to think about this question …

How many programs, templates, blueprints, one size fits all products have you purchased to help you with your marketing?

Yeah – I just went there …outsourcing social media doesn't work

Seriously, take a look at that number. I know for me it is high – much higher than I’d ever want to admit. And I can also tell you that I have not experienced a return on my investment. In fact sometimes, when I tried to implement some of the “fool-proof” tactics, I didn’t have anyone, not one person, bought.

How about you – how’s your return on investment?

I’m totally not asking you these questions to get you down. That’s not my intention at all.

I just want you to think about something …

What if, just want if, these guaranteed programs and products are just not built for us?

Sometimes, at least for me and for my clients, we know that something feels wrong with these methods. However, because they are taught by successful people, we keep implementing them, even though they make us feel like crap inside.

Has this ever happened to you?

So, let me ask you this –

Say you went to a doctor – whether they were traditional or holistic – and they gave you medicine or a supplement to help with your allergies …

And you took that medicine exactly as prescribed. You took it once a day, with food and whatever other types of guidelines there were – in other words, you followed that prescription step by step.

After about a week or so, you realized that what you were taking wasn’t working. You were still not sleeping due to congestion, your eyes were watery and you even had a bit of an upset stomach after taking the medicine.

However, because it was an expert that gave you the medicine, you kept right on taking it, despite the crappy results.

Fast forward a few months …

You are still taking the pills, still feeling like crap and extremely agitated and frustrated because it just isn’t working.

Here’s the crossroads …

Do you keep taking the pill or is this particular prescription NOT right for you and your unique body chemistry – and you need to do something different?

So of course this is medicine and health – but couldn’t this be the same with our businesses too? Aren’t we all programmed differently? Could it be possible that some marketing methods just won’t work for us?

The question is – can you see the misalignment and are you willing to go another way?

If your interest is now peaked – join me on Saturday, October 17th at 10 AM ET, on a free webinar – where we will be going into detail about why this misalignment is happening and what to do about it.

You can check out the information here: Why Your Online Marketing is Driving You Nuts.

I’d absolutely love to have you there and support you through this journey!!

Until next time.

xoxo,

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Order Up: Your Dream Clients

Do you believe that marketing plays a role in the type of clients you attract to your business?

I know I sure do – and let me tell you that for me, when my marketing is misaligned, I end up doing arestaurant whole lotta attracting the WRONG clients.

How do I know this?

Well for starters, it is important to know whether or not a client is right for you.

Signs they are horribly wrong:

  • They don’t align with your price (aka asking for discounts)
  • They completely drain your energy
  • They don’t respect your time
  • You absolutely dread, and I mean dread, getting on the phone with them
  • You are frustrated beyond belief with them and don’t know why
  • They ask for refunds or don’t work through the process
  • They blame you when things don’t go right

Okay – sure this list may be a little dramatic, but I hate to admit that I’ve had a few clients like this along the way.

Here’s the thing I know…

If my marketing is aligned with the real me and not the “fake” me that many of the “gurus” tell me I needed to be, these energy draining, misaligned clients wouldn’t even bat an eye my way. I wouldn’t even be on their radar.

When you speak – I mean truly speak to a someone’s soul – the right people come to you. The perfect matches.

I was making a list of my ideal client traits the other day and while I was writing, it felt like I was writing a help wanted ad or placing an order at a restaurant.

Take a peak at my ideal client brain dump from this week:

Have a website
Email list of at least 500
Have a VA or at least know how or have the time to implement themselves
Open-minded
Truth Guide
Loves to brainstorm

Order Up!!

And it got me thinking …

What items on this list are non-negotiable? And I mean, absolutely, positively – no matter how much of a cash slump I’m in, will not bring them on as a client – non-negotiable.

When I asked myself this, it became crystal clear, who I would and wouldn’t work with.

Pretty fun exercise.

Try it and let me know how it goes.

And if you really want help with your online marketing strategy so you can “order up” your dream clients, let’s chat. Go here to make that happen.

The Biggest Lie in the Coaching and Healing Business

So I’m going to out myself here …

As a coach working in the coaching and healing industry, I’ve fallen into the whole – what’s your big 23798541_swhy – idea. And while I totally believe in having a big why, I also believe in unfiltering your big why.

Let me explain a little deeper …

Today is back to school day here in Central, PA. This is one of those days in my biz that I love to take a little time for clarity. I often find that my biz goals can become a little cloudy over the summer months. So, I take this day to ground myself, focus my intentions and redefine some important goals.

When I was going through my list of questions to answer – questions that came to me during my morning meditation and journal time – the question that really made me stop was this: What is your biz and why are you doing it? What is your BIG why?

And the first answer that popped into my head was to make money.

Oh my gosh did I back peddle after that answer. I mean good heavens, I couldn’t possibly have a big why of making money, could I? How completely self absorbed, greedy and “uncoach” like. I need to have a big why of like world peace or healing the planet, right? (Hence the biggest lie we tell ourselves in this industry!)

I stopped and paid attention to this little inner battle that was beginning to take place inside of my head. And I did have a little chuckle at my own expense.

Here’s what I came up with –

I am in business to make money. As of today, I am owning this.

Why?

The purpose of having my business is to make money, so we can live life on our terms – so I can provide for my family. Without me making money, not only am I stressed out, I can’t help my clients share their gifts or help them heal the planet – I can’t help them live their BIG why.

This is a powerful shift for me.

It is also one that may not be accepted in the coaching/healing/spiritual biz world – however, this is what I am asking …

Whatever your big why – embrace it. Unfilter it. Allow it to be. Own it.

And for the big why of your fellow biz owners – allow them to own theirs. No judgement allowed.

So – go ahead and share it – what is your Big Why???

Until next time …

xoxo,

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Oh and if you are looking to get your why out there via social media – be sure to check out my Social Media Marketing Intensive that is happening soon: http://gretchenpritts.com/social-media-intensive/

WTF?

So I’m curious – as a business owner do you ever stop and wonder why in the heck you are doing what you do?

I mean the stress, the worry, the long hours – is it really worth it?

I can’t tell you how many times that I’ve had this conversation with myself. From typing up an emailimageedit_3_9491835653 to my list to creating a marketing plan – some days it feels like none of it makes sense.

I mean seriously – how many emails do you receive in your inbox everyday from other business owners – claiming that their method is THE method to get you the “blank” that you desire (life, business, body, ect)?

So, how in the heck are we supposed to bring our passion out through all that noise? How can we share our unique skills, gifts and talents when it already feels like there is so much stuff out there?

I had this conversation with myself last week. As I was preparing to have a business training – the first one I’ve done in months, I found myself feeling deflated and frustrated that only about 30 people signed up for the training. I mean when I help my clients – they have hundreds if not thousands sign up.

After I stopped feeling sorry for myself – I really started to listen to what I was saying to myself.

“If you only have 30 people signed up, you will never have more than 3 on the call live.”

“If only 3 people are on the call live, no one will want to have a consult with you.”

“If no one wants to have a consult with you – than WTF are you doing this for.”

Then came the really hateful self talk …

“Why would anyone want to show up and listen to you anyway?”

“Who do you think you are?”

“You don’t really know what you are talking about, so no wonder people aren’t signing up.”

YIKES – talk about a WTF moment. Seriously!

It is amazing to me the hateful things we say to ourselves. Would we ever in a million years say anything like that to anyone else?

Whew.

Lucky for me, I was paying attention. I noticed what I was doing and took a deep breath and turned the hatred into gratitude.

I had 30 people signed up for the call – THE MOST I’VE EVER HAD!! I didn’t care if any of them showed up live. I had a message I wanted to share and I was going to share it one way or another.

What happened?

I had about 10 people show up live and over half of the people that signed up listened to the replay. I had fantastic conversations with attendees and even had some people sign up for consults afterwards.

Was it a success?

In my book it was a huge success!!

To someone else – maybe not so much.

The point I’m trying to make is – you define your own success, as well as how you are going to get there. Having 30 people sign up for a call may be a disappointment for some people, but for others it may be a success.

It is so easy to compare where we are in our business with where others are in theirs. We quickly define our level of success by comparing what success means to someone else.

Sure having a 6-figure business is a great goal. However, since I am not there yet – does that mean I am not successful?

The point of all this –

Stop comparing yourself to others and define what success is to you – so you can celebrate each and every one that comes your way!!!

How about you – what success are you ready to celebrate? Share it below – I’d love to hear them 🙂

xoxo,

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