Our society has always taught us that failure is something to be ashamed of as well as a cause for humiliation. But how many of us have the courage to reason beyond this stereotype and actually take our failure as a lesson and improve on it? It’s time we changed this perspective and focus on the positive aspects of failure even as we employ them to our advantage.

A wise man once said; “It’s fine to celebrate success,but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure” – Bill Gates. Another wise man (Winston Churchill) also said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts”. No successful man has gotten the taste of success without failure.

The Appreciative Inquiry Philosophy’s 5D Theory focuses on “what works” to create a positive, inclusive future. They are:-

  1. Definition :-This enlists your purpose and what needs to be achieved. It helps you inquire into the aspect of consideration in order to identify the challenge at hand.
  2. Discovery :- It involves appreciating the best of ‘what is’ and is also a way to identify “what works”. It helps you focus on one’s strengths, past successes and periods of excellence so as to use it to confront the challenges faced.
  3. Design :- It is “Imagining What Could be”. It employs past achievement and successes identified in the discovery phase to imagine new possibilities and envisage a preferred future. It allows you to identity your dreams, having discovered “What is best”. You have the chance to project it into your wishes, hopes and aspirations for the future.
  4. Decision i.e “Determining what should be”. It involves bringing together the stories from Discovery with the imagination and creativity from Dream. It can be called as bringing the ” best of what is” together with “what might be”, to create “what should be”- the ideal.
  5. Delivery :- Creating “What will be”. Here you get to execute your plans. At this stage,we focus on how the Design is to be delivered.

Written by: Eniafe Gbogo

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