February 1, 2023 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

4 Practical Steps for Self-Improvement

There’s a big gap between knowing that you should work on some things for self-improvement and actually doing that work. One of the reasons for the gap is that too often, the advice that you may find on the topic doesn’t really offer concrete tips you can put into practice right away. Each of the suggestions below is a specific step that you can do now to start your self-improvement journey.

Assessment

The first step is to take a good look at your life as it is now. Make a list of all the things that are important to you, and then make a list of the things that you do regularly. The idea is to figure out whether there is a gap between what matters to you and what you are actually doing with your time. For many people, there is. You probably can’t eliminate everything from your list that you don’t love. Most people can’t quit going to a job they don’t like, for example. But you may find that you are spending time with people you don’t need to or engaging in habits that aren’t doing anything to make your life better, like spending too much time watching streaming media or scrolling online.

Goals

The next step is to take a look at the big picture. What are some of your short, medium, and long-term goals? Write them down, and look at them critically. Which ones really reflect the things that are important to you, as you identified in the previous exercise, and which ones are things that you’ve taken on because you feel like you should? Maybe you don’t want to keep climbing the promotion ladder at work, or perhaps you don’t actually want to be a homeowner. With a revised list of goals that are more reflective of your true nature, you can find inspiration for your creative mind and move on to the next step.

Achievement

Now you need to look at your remaining goals and start figuring out how to accomplish them. You shouldn’t try to do them all at once. Choose just one or two to get started. Then, list the steps that you need to take in order to achieve them. If you want to get a college degree, one of those steps might be figuring out how to pay for it. One way to do this is by finding college scholarships. An easy and efficient way to do this is with Going Merry college scholarships, a free search and application platform. You can use one that allow you to build your profile, get personalized matches to relevant scholarships and grants, and apply. Breaking down each of your goals into a series of concrete steps makes them more attainable.

Acceptance

Although you have created a great blueprint with the above steps, it’s important to also accept that not everything will go exactly to plan. Accepting that some days, weeks, months or even years may not match your carefully planned steps can make it easier for you to regroup and get back on track when you need to.

in NEWS
Related Posts

Congressman Robert Garcia Sworn Into Office With Superman by Side

January 30, 2023

January 30, 2023

By Susan Payne This month, Robert Garcia was sworn into Congress with superman by his side.  Garcia, a self-described comic...

GLAAD announces 34th Annual GLAAD Media Award Nominations

January 30, 2023

January 30, 2023

By Susan Payne GLAAD, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer media advocacy organization announced the nominees for the 34th...

Los Angeles LGBT Center and April Housing Celebrate Historic Ownership Transfer of Triangle Square Affordable Housing for LGTBQ Seniors

January 30, 2023

January 30, 2023

Fifteen years after the opening of Hollywood’s Triangle Square Apartments, the nation’s largest LGBTQ-affirming affordable housing complex for seniors, the...

Jurors Unable to Reach Verdict in Fatal Crash Trial

January 20, 2023

January 20, 2023

By Susan Payne A 33-year-old transgender woman was convicted on Jan. 9 for a hit-and-run with permanent and serious injury...

San Francisco Launches Guaranteed Income for Transgender People Program

January 20, 2023

January 20, 2023

By Susan Payne San Francisco has launched a pilot program that guarantees income for transgender residents.  The Guaranteed Income for...

AIDS/LifeCycle Announces New Santa Monica Beachside Finish Line

January 19, 2023

January 19, 2023

545-mile bike ride to finish in Santa Monica June 10 AIDS/LifeCycle, the seven-day, 545-mile bike ride fundraiser traversing the golden...

California Protects Out-of-State Parents, Youth Seeking Gender-Affirming Care

January 12, 2023

January 12, 2023

By Susan Payne  Over 20 states have aimed to limit youth LGBTQ+ gender-affirming health care in 2022, but California is...

LGBTQ+ Side Quest Written in God of War Ragnarok

January 12, 2023

January 12, 2023

By Susan Payne Sony Santa Monica has hidden a tragic LGBTQ_ side quest in its God of War Ragnarok game,...

Senior LGBT Retirement Development in Palm Springs to Open in 2023

January 12, 2023

January 12, 2023

By Susan Payne  For LGBTQ folks looking for a supportive community in Palm Springs, Living Out is now accepting reservations...

Man With Gun Spotted Inside West Hollywood, Spurring Fear

December 26, 2022

December 26, 2022

By Susan Payne Weeks after a deadly mass shooting in a Colorado LGBTQ+ club, a man in a West Hollywood...

Gay Actor’s Affection for Date ‘Unwelcome’ at LA Restaurant

December 26, 2022

December 26, 2022

By Susan Payne  Support is being poured for a gay actor who was on a date at a Mexican restaurant...

OR Bar WeHo Now Open in West Hollywood

December 26, 2022

December 26, 2022

By Susan Payne West Hollywood welcomed a new gay bar in the city this month. OR Bar WeHo, located at...

LA County Hate Crimes Reach Highest Level in 20 Years

December 19, 2022

December 19, 2022

Results from  Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations show hates crimes are are among the highest seen since 2002...

Third Former Major League Baseball Players Comes out as Gay

December 19, 2022

December 19, 2022

By Susan Payne This December, love is taking the place of the shame for former major league baseball player T.J....

Former Transgender City Employee Violently Arrested in West Hollywood

December 19, 2022

December 19, 2022

By Susan Payne The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in West Hollywood violently arrested a disabled transgender woman inside of...