You Have 5 Days to Do ANYTHING with No Repercussions. What Do You Do?
(And the Shocking Things Your Answers Reveal About You)
Real growth is almost always accompanied by feeling unsettled to downright scared. Growth demands relentless self-examination, often brutal self-honesty, and change -- and none of those tend to be pleasant.
That’s why most people say they want positive change in their lives but never really experience it: all change comes from within, and that can be hard and scary. So most people take the easy route and instead scream at others to change, which is nothing but a recipe for their own continued misery.
I note this all to issue a WARNING:
If you’re a child, in age or your maturity level, the following exercise is NOT for you. Because at first glance it can seem merely fun. But if do desire growth and you are brave and honest enough to fully engage in this exercise as described below, you may well discover some unsettling and even “UGLY” things about yourself.
And that’s okay. In fact, that’s great. Because it proves you are just human. It reminds that you (like the rest of us) aren’t truly fit to judge others.
And it can reveal exactly where you need to do the work in your life, no matter what your adult age, if you really do want to grow.
Don't Run from the Uncomfortable Stuff!
You have five days to do anything at all that’s within human capacity to do. And you’ll never experience any negative repercussions by doing it.
No guilt. No worries. No arrests. No physical or verbal assaults from anyone. No bad effects whatsoever on your physical, mental, or emotional health. No hard feelings from anyone.
What might you do?
What would you most definitely do?
Slow down and take some time to really consider this. Use my questions below to spark your answers in certain areas.
If anything uncomfortable or alarming comes bubbling up, don’t push it back down and run.
Let yourself be completely honest with yourself in your answers.
No one else needs to know your real answers anyway. You can of course choose to share with friends and family, and with the world in the comments area below, if you are compelled to do so. But your answers are your own, so that’s your choice alone.
Here's the Very REAL Part...
Five days to do anything with no repercussions?
Yes, in reality this is likely next to impossible, since every action has a reaction. But the reality of the premise is not the point.
It’s the reality of your responses, and what you may discover about yourself, that is the point.
(And Side-Note #1: we’re not just talking about the EASY stuff, those things that many people would do if there were no repercussions, like pig out on all their favorite foods or sleep for 5 days straight. And we’re not really talking about the beyond-human stuff either, like sprout wings on your back and a horn on your head and fly. Though even those answers can be revealing.)
(And Side-Note #2: Why 5 days? Because that seems ample time to do quite a few things, but still make you prioritize the most important things while having to leave some of the less important ones off your list.)
Some Specific Questions to Spark Your Answers
Below are some questions you can use as sparks to get you started. Don’t limit yourself to only answering these, though. Let your mind wander wherever it may go in response to this exercise.
And again, when that unsettling and less-than-flattering stuff comes bubbling up, remember: you don’t have to reveal your answers to anyone else. Just do NOT run from it yourself, because confronting it is where your better life awaits.
Unsettling to Downright Shocking
Again, my sample questions above are just a start. Spend some intentional time on this exercise and let your mind go where it may, such as people, institutions, desires, and curiosities from your past and present.
I will say this: if we were able to collect 5000 full and honest responses to this exercise, I am CERTAIN many would be shocked at what is collectively revealed, including all the repressed anger and sadness, all the “deviant” desires, all the disgust and rage at other races, ages, sexes, and especially other beliefs.
I don’t suppose there ever was a time where this wouldn’t be the case, though I do know we live in a time where this is especially the case. Because we live in a society that is not geared to confronting and resolving the cause of anything, but that instead teaches people to silence the demons, to stuff them down and hide them.
And I will also say this: if YOU do this exercise and nothing unsettling to downright “ugly” comes up for you, chances are VERY high you aren’t being honest with yourself (or you’re a child who doesn’t yet have the capacity to do it, and I said no kids from the start! Or you are an alien, and I should have also specified no aliens from the start.)
The Hardest but Best Part: The Reveal
So you’ve listed out some of the things that, given 5 days, you might or would do with no guilt, worries, arrests or other negative repercussions for doing them. Good job.
For each of the things you came up with, next ask yourself the following important questions.
This can be the especially hard part, because you have to really confront yourself, and you may not like some things you discover. As mentioned, though, revealing those warts… those inconsistencies… those contradictions to yourself is where some real growth begins.
Not all of these questions will pertain to your every response, but some of them certainly will.
For example, a recent study showed that 74% of men say they would have an affair if they knew they would never get caught. This demonstrates that most don’t actually “believe” in marriage – or the sexual monogamy aspect of it. They’re signed on to something they don’t necessarily believe in, and they’re possibly not living their truth because of the fear of repercussions.
Or for example, let’s say one of YOUR responses was that you’d steal money from a bank… or from someone wealthy… or from Wal-Mart, etc., if there were no repercussions.
Then can you really say you believe stealing is WRONG if you would do it? Is it not just the possible repercussions that stop you? By extension, can we really teach children that stealing “is wrong” without being liars... or is the honest lesson don’t do it because you might get caught?
Seeking Coddling, or Growth?
Henry David Thoreau said “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Many (MANY) people today are living an unexamined life.
Many who say they are seeking personal growth, success, happiness and inner-peace, are really just seeking coddling and comfort, which is the antithesis of growth.
Many today therefore become just sheep -- blindly following whatever judgements the extremists from the left or right cast on others, buying into whatever do-nothing "self-help" coddling markets to them best -- without really discovering their own beliefs, deeply considering the issues, and empathizing with the human condition.
And that’s why most people will live mediocre lives, at best.
Exercises like this that are seemingly “just interesting” on the face of it can reveal a lot, and prompt growth. However, I suspect most will, as they always do, brief through this at best, not really do it, and race on to the next thing. And then the next thing. And then the next.
Big kudos to YOU if you have the commitment to your self-awareness and growth, and the courage, to actually do this :-)
Please share this with other adults.
And if you're an adult, would love to hear YOUR thoughts below!
Brian Vaszily, Founder of Advantage Hacks, has grown 5 successful startups, launched many successful products, authored several books including a #1 bestseller, and coached many good people and 2 jackasses. For 20+ years it's been his passion to discover what MOST enables successful people to become successful. From timeless success strategies to new technology coming soon that will change our world, he reveals the most important secrets to you here, and usually does so in a damn enjoyable way.