How to Recover From Poor Life Decisions

Updated on February 24, 2018
Dylan Buckley profile image

Dylan is a freelance writer specializing in the self-development industry. HubPages is where he posts content he doesn't otherwise write.

I've made a lot of bad decisions in my life. Some have only had minor effects on the way that my life has played out and some have had dramatic effects that have caused my life to unravel completely. What I've learned during these difficult times, however, is that there is always a way to get out of any rut that you may be in. If you've managed to make some poor life decisions that have resulted in the decimation of your previous life, here is how you can recover from these choices.

1. Figure Out What It Is That You Need to Fix at the Moment

Some things in your life can't be fixed immediately. Things take time. However, there are definitely some things that you will need to do right now in order to get yourself on your feet again. Maybe your mental health has managed to reach rock bottom and you aren't able to get out of bed on most days. In this example, the best course of action to take is to create a plan for how you can tackle your mental health at home and where you can receive counseling in the meantime. Maybe you have become homeless and you are currently living on the streets. In this example, you'll need to find support services and seek out basic necessities while you try to get a job. Whatever rut you have created for yourself, immediate and decisive action is always the first step to take.

2. Discover What It Is That You Truly Want Out of Your Life

I personally believe that we lose our ways because we lose ourselves. We forget what we truly want out of life and because of this, we end up making major mistakes in search of these desires. Once you've gotten yourself back on your feet, the next step to take is to figure out what it is that you want out of life. Where was your life going before this? Did you want to become a doctor? Did you want to move to Spain and live in a nice apartment? Did you want to play your guitar for a famous band? Here's the thing: it doesn't matter what people think about your dreams. Find out what those dreams are and make those the driving motivation behind creating your new life.

3. Develop a Life Map

A life map is essentially a to-do list that contains everything you need to do in order to keep your life on track and reach your main goals. Although you won't have everything figured out at the moment and there are roadblocks that are bound to appear, a life map is still helpful to have so that you always know where you are going. Your life map should be as realistic as possible and should follow a definitive timeline so that you don't shy away from things that you absolutely have to get done. There are plenty of examples online. If you're unsure of what to do, look at some examples created by other people and make something that best meets your needs.

4. Stay Motivated

The hardest part of changing your life is staying motivated. Even if you know for a fact that you want a better life for yourself, energy levels can't always be at their highest. For times like these, have motivating objects on hand. For example, let's imagine that your mother has passed away and she gave you an impressive heirloom before she moved on. She most likely would be proud of your efforts and you can wear or carry that heirloom with you to give you added motivation and purpose when you don't feel at your best. You might not have something as meaningful as this but anything that gives you motivation and helps you to carry on at your lowest points will work.

The most important thing to remember is that you should not give up. This, like many things in life, will be hard but it will also be very rewarding. There is nothing more satisfying than watching your hard work pay off. Do your best, plan as much as you can, and I know that you can get your life back together!

What to Do When Your Life Falls Apart

How to Take Back Your Life When You're Broken

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • Coffeequeeen profile image

        Louise Powles 2 months ago from Norfolk, England

        Yes, I think it's always important to stay motivated. You've given some good advice here, thankyou.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://letterpile.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is used to quickly and efficiently deliver files such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisements has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)