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The key to happiness is having dreams. The key to success is making your dreams come true. ~ Anonymous

D ◦ A ◦ C ◦ I ◦ P

Be mindful!

DACIP is an abbreviation demonstrating “problem-solving-strategy-steps” that are effective in most cases when confronted with obstacles…

  1. D = Define the obstacle. Einstein is often quoted as having said that when he had one hour to save the world, he would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem and only five minutes finding the solution. This quote does illustrate an important point… Before jumping right into solving any thing, we should take a step back and invest our time and effort to improve our understandingThus, to figure out the composition of the obstacle in terms of the problems, issues and wicked challenges involved. of the challenge we are facing.
  2. A = Aalternatives and possibilities. When making any important decision, look at all your options. Ask yourself… “Are there any other ways I can solve this problem? Ways that I haven't thought of?”. Obtaining additional/other views, ideas, opinions, guidance, advice and assistance at this stage, is strongly advised.
  3. C = Consequences, both the productive (i.e. possible gains) and unproductive (i.e. possible losses) consequences should be taken into account, before finalizing options. Once you have narrowed down your choices to those that seems best, weigh the pro's and con's of each option under consideration.
  4. I = Information, data, understanding and knowledge. Search for new information about the context of each option what you are seriously considering.
  5. P = Plans and strategies. Make detailed plans for taking ACTion, finalize your mission statement accordingly and create contingency action plans, should one of the unproductive consequences - that you identified under “C - consequences” - actually surface.

DACIP is goes hand-in-hand with critical questioning, thinking and is accompanied by a results mentality.

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