How To Avoid Failure
When you realize you've missed something, or dropped the ball, there is a distinct moment that will result in complete failure, or partial recovery. If you freeze in that moment, when all eyes are waiting for your response, you are accepting defeat.
The other option is to partially stick the landing. Admit you missed the bullseye, but still hit the target. In the heat of the moment, use all your creative might to find alternative solutions. Quickly test every avenue, create a flood of suggestions, and find another way. Creativity is the answer to avoiding failure.