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By Better Days Global, May 2 2018 07:43PM



Here are 7 things which no one tells you about life. These thoughts have personally changed the way I see life and have transformed my thoughts to the fullest:



1. Life is short. (You may not even live 40 years, So, Go and follow your passion right now.



2. Life is a journey not a destination. Life isn't a one time event. Make every second count and live it to the fullest.



3. People would laugh at you. No worries, You just helped them to burn some calories.



4. You never lose. You don't win and lose in life. You win and learn in life.



5. There will be dark times in your life. Remember, Darker the night, Brighter the morning.



6. You will doubt yourself. That's completely fine. Sometimes, Fear and self-doubt is all that is required to make you work harder and smarter than anyone else.


7. You won't be doing great for a long time. Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba Group got rejected from all universities he applied, every job interview he attended, but, he kept doing what he loved. And, Today, He is one the most successful people on the planet.



YES, It is possible!



You can do what you thought you can.



You can achieve what you want to.



You can become what you want to.



Because YOU are awesome and you know it.



About the Author:


Vanky Kenny Kataria is a two time representative of India in public speaking and presentation .His work and accomplishments have been featured in books such as '30&Under' authored by Peter Cuderman. The book highlights the lives of the top 100 professionals from around the world under the age of 30 which includes Olympic athletes, Forbes Under 30s, Top UFC Fighters and others . He has also been featured in the book-'Love What You Do' authored by Maigen Thomas and also in top magazines from around the world such as - Entrepreneur (2x), Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and others. He is a Visiting Professor at Rasbihari International School, India and is also the brand ambassador for India for United Nations' recognized scholarship providing platform - Host Your Voice and is also a Global Expert for 'Better Days Global'.




You can follow him on LinkedIn to be posted: Vanky Kataria





By Better Days Global, Mar 28 2018 09:49AM


You don’t have to look too far to see someone selling the ‘secrets to success’, or feeling as if you’re lacking in life because you don’t have what they are selling. I wouldn’t blame you for thinking that success is a place that you get to, or that it’s by getting a certain amount of something, whether fame, money or to the top of the ladder. You have been bombarded with a plethora of images throughout your life that tells you that success is what you do, rather than who you are. For this reason we spend our lives doing and not being,



Over the year my views on success have changed dramatically. I went from wanting it all, to being content with what I have. I realised that external things like money, impact, popularity and respect come as a by-product of doing what is in your heart. No amount of money, status or credibility will substitute for a heart that deprived of substance and joy. If you do not enjoy what you do, the results and rewards will be tarnished. This doesn’t mean that you cannot be successful in the little things. When you switch you frequency of happiness from results, to process, you’ll be able to resonate with small successes along the way. Sure, it is good to have long-term goals, but, if all of your self love, joy and appreciation are tied to the fulfilment of those goals, you’ll miss out on many successes right in front of you along the way.






When I were younger I wrote a lot of goals, and I thought that success was in achieving them. Once I achieved them I still felt unaccomplished. This taught me a very important lesson. We never arrive. The finish line is always moving and therefore, we run not one race, but many races along the way. Now I am focused on one race at a time, ensuring I’m prepared, focused and appreciative for each stride I take. This starts when I first wake up in the morning. I pray and give thanks for the new air in my lungs: success number 1, I appreciate life: success number 2 and I ensure that I keep that energy of gratitude within all of my actions to follow. This type of success impacts family, friends, business and self.


By paying closer attention to the detail of life, we become human beings and not human doings. We open ourselves up to the joys that God has placed in our lives, and we are receptive to the obvious things we previously overlooked. This type of awareness brings about a change in how we interpret the things that happen within our lives, and wisdom is deposited within our spirits. We feel a sense of purpose behind our actions not matter how small, we connect with likeminded individuals who were waiting for you to wake up and tap into divinity, and we see success in failure, disappointment and misfortune.






I don’t know what success means to you today, as that is personal, but I do know that God has a purpose for you life. I encourage you to be still, pray, meditate, and tune into His realm. Seek and you will find. Do not just subscribe to the tangible and limited perspectives of success forced down your throat.


The truth about success is: it’s not seen, its felt.


This is not how your story ends;

By Better Days Global, Jan 16 2018 04:39PM


How would you like to bit sitting on this rock? Not working on pointless tasks, rather overseeing your operation. Delegating is a great way to ensure that more tasks get done in less time, and it also builds team capacity. Unfortunately, a lot of managers don’t pay enough attention to the delegation process, and thus fail to reap the benefits. Are you a successful delegator?


There are six steps to successfully delegating tasks. The problem is that most managers only do one or two of them, and then, when a task isn’t completed to their satisfaction, complain that their employees aren’t good enough to get the job done, or even worse they try to do everything themselves. Over the years, I’ve seen scores of executives from a myriad companies do this. Getting outstanding results from delegating demands following a formula. Only once this formula is mastered is it fair to evaluate whether you really have the right people for the job. The good news is that employees are rarely the problem. It’s a lot easier and much less expensive for a manager to learn a new approach than to replace staff.



Here are the six steps you should work through when delegating:



1. Prepare



Employees can’t deliver quality results if the task delegated to them isn’t fully thought out, or if expectations keep changing. Take the time and develop the discipline to map out exactly what you’re asking for. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.



2. Assign



Once you’ve taken the time to map out exactly what you’re looking for, you need to convey that information to your employees. Be sure to include clear information on timing, budget, and context, and set expectations for communication and updates, including frequency, content, and format.



3. Confirm understanding



One of the most common mistakes made in delegating is assuming that employees understand what you want, rather than making sure that they do. Confirming understanding only takes about 60 seconds, but is the most important determinant of success or failure. The best way to confirm understanding is to ask your employees to paraphrase the request or assignment in their own words. If you’re not comfortable doing that (many managers feel–often correctly–that it makes them sound like a teacher), you should, at the very least, ask questions to make sure employees understand all aspects of what’s required.



4. Confirm commitment



This is another part of the delegation process that most managers skip. They often just assume that employees have accepted the tasks they’ve been given. The most important part of a relay race is the handing of the baton to the next runner. Runners spend a huge amount of time learning this skill. It should be no different in the workplace. Commitment means making sure you’ve successfully handed over the baton. Confirm that employees are committed to the expected results, and to the process that’s been set out (including the schedule, budget, and tools), and that their overall goals for the task are aligned with yours. Make sure they’re aware of any consequences (for the company and for themselves) that may result if they fail to deliver on the desired outcomes.



5. Avoid “reverse delegating”



Many managers are extremely overworked. Sometimes, this is because their employees are better at delegating than they are: Managers often end up completing tasks they had delegated to others, because those tasks somehow end up back on their plate. I call this “reverse delegating.” It’s rarely, if ever, necessary for a manager to take back a task that he or she had delegated to someone else. (If this is necessary, it likely means that not enough time was spent on the preparation stage, and that time, resource, or other constraints have led to problems that you did not foresee.) If an employee reaches an impasse, treat it as a learning opportunity. Coach the employee through it, making sure he or she has the resources and knowledge needed to complete the task. That way, you’ll still be free to focus on other things, and the employee will be better equipped to carry out similar tasks in the future. The bottom line? Don’t take tasks back.



6. Ensure Accountability



Two-way communication is a key part of delegating. Finding out at the completion date that a deliverable hasn’t been completed or has been done unsatisfactorily is the nightmare scenario of delegating. That’s why you need to make sure your employees are accountable for the task. Accountability is key to the process of delegation: It means employees are regularly communicating with you about the status of the deliverable and the timing of delivery so that there are no surprises at the eleventh hour. The delegation process becomes faster and more fluid the more you do it. Once you’ve mastered it, it will become a part of your managerial DNA, and you’ll consistently reap outstanding results.



If you want to do a few small things right, do them yourself. If you want to do great things and make a big impact, learn to delegate. While delegating sounds like an easy enough task, that isn’t always the case. Many CEOs struggle with delegation. Delegating tasks ensures you’re spreading the work around. It also helps you get more things done in less time. Even more, it helps you build a team that works well together. Yet, all too often, CEOs aren’t well-equipped to delegate, and they hold too much responsibility too close. If you are a successful delegator, you’ll find you get better results from your team. You’ll also have the right people doing the right jobs exceptionally well.



Lastly as a CEO you need to ADD.



A: Automate - Things that can be automated


D: Delegate - Things that you should not be doing as a CEO


D: Delete - Things that bring no fruit



Follow the above steps, create a good plan and enjoy your work/vacation.







By Better Days Global, Jan 5 2018 06:01PM


Striking a balance between work and personal life isn’t easy, but it is extremely important to most of us. In fact, a strong reason why many employees stay with their employer is for work-life balance.

It’s proven that those with a better work-life balance, feel more fulfilment and are usually happier. You are more likely to feel in control of your life because you have choices as opposed to being forced to make sacrifices. You’re also likely to be less stressed and as a result be healthier, both mentally and physically. So, if you are feeling stressed or overworked, there are a number of changes you can consider to better your work-life balance.



Maintaining a work-life balance is about separating your personal and professional lives without allowing one to encroach upon the other. Both are important, neither should be neglected.



There are five main reasons why you absolutely must maintain a healthy work-life balance.



1. To maintain your mental health



It’s unfortunate that not all employers place enough importance on mental health in the workplace.

But the topic is really prevalent at the minute, as studies show the dangers and risks that could lead to a variety of issues, from stress-related illnesses to depression. A very common issue that you may have heard about is burnout. This occurs when immense pressure is put onto a person, culminating in “chronic stress.” That stress could be caused by a variety of things, from outrageous workloads (and no work-life balance) to simply not feeling valued for the hard work you do. If you do notice that you have been acting out of character lately then it may be time to start assessing your work-life balance or speaking to a professional.



2. To ensure your physical health and wellbeing



And, as the old adage says: healthy body, healthy mind… so a great way to maintain your mental health is to ensure that you are physically feeling healthy too. That includes regular exercise and eating healthy but also not overdoing it at work! Perhaps money can buy happiness in certain circumstances, but if you spend all of your time working or thinking about work then it’s more than likely that it won’t. (Yes, there are some exceptions obviously). Worse still, the stress caused from such a lifestyle can lead to other physical issues like high blood pressure and heart disease. It’s just not worth it.



3. It increases productivity



Your company wants employees who are hard-working and productive. And staying for unnecessarily long hours at the office might make you feel like you are contributing a lot to the office; however the quality of work is probably worse… making the effort much less productive. Studies reveal that those who maintain a steady work-life balance are much more productive than those who do not. A positive way of life automatically leads to amazing results.



4. Become a more rounded individual



If your life revolves around work, then you lose a lot of the other positive dimensions that make you attractive to employers (and other people). Having interests outside of work will increase and improve your skills and make you a more rounded and interesting individual. You’ll be able to share those experiences and knowledge with other people. This is seriously something that employers look for. That’s why you need to include a hobbies section on your CV and that’s why they ask what you enjoy doing in your spare time.



5. You only get one life



You only get one life, so live it to the fullest. Whatever happiness means to you, chase it. You don’t want to get years down the line and realise you missed out; time is something you can never get back.



What can you do, now?



Here are some tips to help you maintain a good work-life balance:



- Don’t shy away from taking some personal time off


- Always take your breaks


- Exercise is always a good option


- Going on holiday is a great idea


- Spend time with friends and family


- Don’t take work calls from home


- Get some real sleep


- Maintain a proper diet


- Continue to follow your own passions


- Turn off your phone



Think about who you are, what you want, and what’ll make you happiest. Although those things might change over time, as long as you’re always evaluating and understanding your own direction and goals, you’ll make better decisions. With your personal and professional goals set, decide what you need to do to hit those goals, their order of importance, and the amount of involvement they’ll need from you. Balance is what makes everything “feel right” and what makes everything work. Achieving balance in your own life means putting in the time and energy to hit your personal and professional goals, with an emphasis on balancing the 2. Find an equilibrium between elements like time, motivation, efficiency, willpower, energy, and honesty. This will enable you to remember that you are a human being not a human doing.





By Better Days Global, Nov 24 2017 09:22AM



Success is no accident. Success is the result of hard work, perseverance, help from those around you and a solid plan. The more solid the plan, the better. Developing a plan for success increases your chances of success 100%. Yep, a plan doubles, at least, the likelihood of success. I find that statistic very interesting but here is one even more interesting, or scary depending on your point of view. 80% of people go through life with no actionable plan for success. 80%!


I’m pleased that everyone reading this has a real plan for success, one that truly drives their behavior. I must admit however that I am a little suspect that everybody reading this is indeed among that 20%. So let’s see if it’s true.


First let’s determine what an actionable plan is not: It is not, “I’m going to work harder” or “I’m going to work smarter” or any variation of the same. That is not a plan; it is a dream, a dream that turns into the nightmare of the same old thing.


A plan that succeeds has action built into it, the actions are very specific, and the actions have measurable standards that leave no doubt as to whether they have been accomplished. Each individual action has its own deadline, a deadline which is critical because you’ll never find “someday” on a calendar.



Here is an 8-Step Planning Process that has been proven time and again to help people achieve success if they are willing to put the plan into action:


1. Clear picture of current situation – we must know where we are before we can know where we are going


2. A clear understanding and vision of the desired situation – specificity is a key here


3. Development of short, medium and long range goals – it is perfectly okay to adjust your goals as circumstances change


4. Develop your program – how will you succeed – what will you sacrifice – remember success is not just about what you will START doing, often what you STOP doing is just as important


5. The investment you are willing to make (time & money) – the commitment of time is frequently harder to make than a financial commitment


6. Time Table – When will it all happen – just like it says, Time Table, specific dates and times, giving yourself a range of dates is giving yourself the opportunity to delay your success


7. Implement the total plan – no plan is more worthless than the plan never put into action


8. Follow-up – Check back often on how you’re doing – and while you’re checking back find someone that cares about you enough to hold you accountable to your plan, this is a lot of work and is almost impossible to accomplish alone


So there is your planning process, and before you start telling yourself you can succeed without doing all this “work” let me tell you something else: What you call success today will pale when compared to the success that is possible when you execute a real plan.


Your plan is not work, it is an investment and it is one of the greatest investments you can make because it is an investment in yourself. You matter, your success matters and if you will commit to a plan you will see results almost immediately.


So, what’s your plan?

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