Admit it. As with all things, awareness is the first step. Sometimes this awareness comes from external sources: your credit card is declined, a friend stops speaking to you, your best client fires you. Sometimes this awareness comes from within: that little voice in your head or pain in your gut that tells you something is wrong. Was anyone else hurt or harmed by your decision? If so, this self-awareness may need to lead to admitting your mistake to others as well.
Correct it. What can you do to rectify the situation? Take a part-time job to rebuild your credit, or simply return a recent purchase. Treat your friend to lunch to talk and begin the healing process. Write to your former client and ask them what you could do to right the wrong. In essence, figure out the action (or actions) needed to fix what is now broken.
Learn from it. Finally, try not to make the same bad decision in the future! How can you use the current situation as a learning experience? If you are overspending, learn from it and develop a budget. If you have lost a friendship, learn from it and improve your communication skills. If your best client leaves, learn from it and boost your customer service. Find the lesson and make a change.
How have you handled the poor decisions in your life? I’d love to hear your experiences and how you made it through, past, and over. Please share your thoughts in the comment area.