It all starts by confessing that you indeed messed it up. People make mistakes and the best thing for you is to admit yours. It is better to recognize the mistake yourself rather than someone else pointing it out. Moreover, the sooner you know about the mistake, the better chances you have of finding quick solutions and limiting the damage.
Don’t put the blame on someone else
The blame game will end at some point and it is better that you hold your hand up and face the consequences rather than searching for scapegoats. Putting the blame on someone else will only aggravate the whole situation and put your own reputation at risk. More people getting involved means that you have blown away your chance of finding a possible answer.
Time to act fast
After the problem is identified, it is time for you to act fast and identify ways which will help you eradicate your mistake. If the problem does not have a short term solution, then keep digging and take every matter step by step. Start all over again by recalling the whole process and identify the portion where it all got wrong.
If matters are out of your hand, then assist your superiors in finding possible solutions. It is often your bosses or parents who have to have the decision authority regarding your mistake so it is important that you apologize and come forward with explanations. It may not prevent you from facing the wrath of your employers or loved ones but it will speak volumes of your integrity.
Accept your fate
It will not be an easy ride even if you have shouldered most of the blame. There will be some consequences and it is important that you face them. Although this may be tough for most to handle, accepting your fate will ensure that the penalty is as minimal as possible.