Life is full of opportunities for you to make horrible, horrible decisions or nondecisions that lead you to bad situations.

I’ve been there.

I’m still there at times.

But what exactly can you do when you really, really mess up?

Here are some tips that can help:

1. Don’t roll over and give ’em your belly just yet.

Before you throw in the towel and give up on the situation just because things don’t turn out the way you wanted or needed, take a moment to sit back and say:

How can I turn this situation around? Is there ANYTHING I can do at this point that can make this really bad thing better?

Then once you figure it out, you have to go for it.

You have to really go for it.

If there is one small crack of a chance to turn things around, stick your foot in the space and wedge it open.

Fight for your chance to fix things.

2. Seek help. Build your tribe.

This is an area that I struggle with.

I don’t like to ask for help. I like to figure out how to do things on my own. I’m VERY independent to the point of self-destruction sometimes.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Especially if you need it!

Build a tribe of trusted mentors and supporters to help you throughout your journey.

Mentors have been there, done that. And while their paths to success may not mirror your own, you better believe you could learn a thing or two from their mistakes, trails and tribulations without having to make you own.

Supporters are here to keep you encouraged, keep you moving and, most importantly, tell you the truth in a positive way meant to build you, not destroy you.

You don’t need a tribe of “yes men” – these people DON’T have your best interest in heart.

And neither do the people who are CONSTANTLY being negative and unsupportive.

Your tribe will be the people who uplift your spirit in the moments of extreme failure. They will fill your cup, inspire you and keep you working to correct your mistakes.

There will also be times when you have to do the same thing for people whose tribes you are a member of. This relationship has to be a two-way street.

3. Learn from your mistakes. And eliminate your headaches.

How many times would you touch a hot stove in order to realize “Oh crap. This thing is hot.” Most people only need to burn themselves once to realize how NOT to burn themselves.

Why are other things in our lives so much more difficult to figure out?

There may be times in your life and business that you keep making the same mistakes over and over again. Maybe they aren’t true mistakes, but maybe they are inconveniences. Simple headaches that you always seem to get, but never take the time to step back and say “How can I make this process easier and smarter and not have to deal with this same headache over and over again.”

Learn from your mistakes and eliminate your headaches.

Remember, screwups aren’t the end of the world.

Don’t let fear paralyze you, because often you can turn a screwup around and recover if you just take action!

Action is the key.

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie

@TiviJones for @CreativityLoft

[photo “Mistakes” by plindberg]