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Exploring Life & Business with ToniMarie Prah of InfluVisions

Today we’d like to introduce you to ToniMarie Prah.

Hi ToniMarie, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I once thought an average life was all there was. I fell out of love with life and continued with my mundane daily cycle. Get up, get ready, go to work, come home, repeat. Enough was enough!

I gained weight and lost the light in my soul and my purpose in life. It’s kind of funny how we always think life is happening to us. I once thought the lockdown was a curse on the world. I lost my job, lost some friends and family, and had to venture into the unknown. When I tell you, I almost crap myself, I mean it.

Downward spiral, high-tension relationships, and anxiety disorder became so evident I thought it was something else. If anyone here had a hard time these past few years, my heart and love go out to you. You are so much stronger than you realize!

As these years have gone by, I have self-reflected and reinvented myself. We all have the ability to do this with a simple mindset shift. I turned “Life is happening to me” to “Life is happening FOR me!” We are all so powerful! With the right mindset and consistency, we can achieve our HIGHEST goals and aspirations!

I now am self-employed helping businesses and entrepreneurs with branding, marketing, and mindset which is what I love so much! We started our digital sales and marketing agency InfluVisions to help other entrepreneurs through similar unexpected circumstances.

During all of this, I wrote my first book Abundance: The Secrets To Manifesting Your Dreams and Unleashing Genuine Happiness. It is a book of my top 8 lessons when finding my authentic self and going from depressed to blessed.

Once I saw the world from a new perspective, lost weight, no longer have depression or anxiety and take life for granted. My favorite thing to do when I have to take on a challenge that seems completely overwhelming is to break it down into small, bite-sized chunks. Small wins lead to HUGE accomplishments. If the small steps still overwhelm you say to yourself, “When I say go, we go. Go!” And then just do it!

I’ve learned the only thing that stops anxiety is action. When we feel like we’re in the trenches, it’s the worst place to stop and give up because then you’re just stuck in the trenches and that’s no fun.

Meditation and breathing exercises also have a giant impact on my success and the reinventing of myself. When you start to get overwhelmed by thoughts, meditate. I know it doesn’t seem glamorous or boring maybe, but it’s just as important as hitting the gym. Meditation is literally organizing your mind and clearing it out of any negative, useless thoughts.

Sit with yourself for 5 minutes, try to do 15-30, but just start! If breaking it down into 3 five minute increments throughout the day makes you do it, do it. Imagine all your thoughts are clouds just passing by and realize you are not the thoughts, but the observer.

Try this breathing technique from the master Thich Nhat Hahn. As you breathe in, say “I calm myself” and as you breathe out say, “I let go.” Do this three times and then continue to focus on your breath until you get to a calm, peak state.

I have evolved my life and completely changed the path I was going down. If you’re seeking a fresh start, a mindset shift is a great place to start. With a positive outlook and a willingness to change, you can transform your life in amazing ways.

Just remember that it takes time and effort to make lasting changes, but it’s definitely worth it in the end. Always be kind to yourself and move with love and the world will be yours!

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The biggest obstacle when putting yourself out there and shining your unique light is the tricks your mind can play on you. Our egos keep us from getting hurt and protect us. While this is good, everything must be in balance. With good judgment, life should be lived through faith instead of fear.

I constantly had imposter syndrome or thought I wasn’t good enough. I cared way too much about what people thought of me and I let it rob me of my joy in life. I love helping others and making art, so once I knew I could be changing people’s lives it almost seemed selfish to only be thinking about myself and my fears.

One of my mentors once told me that when we have anxiety about a situation we are essentially stressing about it twice rather than living in the moment and holding no expectations. Most of the time we worry about a future situation that never ends up being as bad as we expected it to be in our heads.

The best thing to do in these situations is to just live in the moment and do the best you can right now because thinking about the past and future takes you away from the ability to change the outcome now, everyone has these thoughts, even your favorite celebrities.

It’s a hurdle, but once you have a new perception and learn to love yourself unconditionally, you become unstoppable.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
InfluVisions is a sales and marketing agency that helps business owners and entrepreneurs double their sales in 90 days. We also have a platform for businesses to grow their brand, attract more customers, and keep up with the demands of social media. We are dedicated to building brands that go beyond your logo or just selling products.

We help you get noticed in a cluttered marketplace by managing your reputation online and offline. You may now access all corners of the world via InfluVisions’ all-in-one platform, you can easily book appointments from anywhere at any time.

Manage your reputation by listening closely to customer feedback; build landing pages and funnels that convert like crazy, and automate your email/SMS campaigns and social media! Our platform even has the ability to create memberships and courses so you can build a strong community around your brand.

We understand sometimes all of this can be overwhelming, to say the least. That’s why we provide “done with you” and “done for you” services where we can either walk you through your journey or we can take the reins and handle it from here. Whichever way you choose you are still in the loop the whole way from beginning to end.

Our biggest goal is to help brands like yours succeed in today’s digital world. We are here to give you the tools and resources you need to succeed! Follow us @influvisionscrm.

We’d love to hear what you think about risk-taking?
Risk it to get the biscuit. I don’t remember where that is from, but ever since I was a child I say that. Moving outside of your comfort zone is the only way to grow. Most people view this as a risk. The truth is once growing you will have a new perspective of your comfort zone; it is continuously changing!

Think about the first time you drove a car. It was outside of your comfort zone and was scary, but now look at you! You’re going on the highway driving across the country. You have a new version of your comfort zone because you grew.

Risk-taking, while using good judgment, is how people are able to live their dreams. Think about how far you’ve come. There was once a day that you prayed for what you currently have and that is because you took good risks.

Soren Kierkegaard once said, “Life can only be understood by looking backward, but it must be lived looking forward.” Regret City is not a place I want to visit… Studies show one of the biggest regrets at the end of one’s life, is not living it to the fullest and taking those risks.

We are all on our own journey and sometimes people don’t understand the risks or challenges you need to take in order to get where you want to be.  And that’s okay, but what’s not okay is getting to the end of your life and realizing that you wanted more and that you could have done more

You could have taken those risks you could have conquered those challenges and fears. With hard a** work and a positive attitude, mountains can be moved. I always like to say Manifestation + Planned Actions + Calculated Risks = Impossible.

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