What Would You Rather Do?

Have you ever heard of the game “Would You Rather?

It’s an interesting game if you’ve never been exposed. It’s a bit like truth or dare without having to take any risks. You present someone would two unfavorable options asking “would you rather A or B?” You have to choose one.

My son and grandsons can play the game “would you rather” the entire 278-mile ride from New York to Virginia if I let them. Every once in a while, I’ll join in.

The challenge of the game is to come up with two things that are really hard to choose from.

This or That?

The game is a great way to understand someone and see what kind of choices they would make in a given situation.  (Confession, I once made my son cry playing this game so I had to dial back my options).

Listening to the kids play the game got me thinking.

How often do adults get asked to choose between things in our lives that force us to down one path over another?

We usually just go with our gut and choose based upon our emotions. Do we really stop and consider the two options and how they will affect our life?

What would those choices say about us? What would we do in real life? What would we learn about each other if we played “Would You Rather” with our colleagues, partners and friends?

I dare you to play a game of Would You Rather with someone and get ready for the surprises.

In fact, let’s play now. Here are some questions that would freak me out if someone were to ask me.

Would You Rather….

  • Work for someone else for the rest of your life or start that dream business?
  • Stay in one place or travel around the world?
  • Settle for safety or take more risks?
  • Ask for permission or ask for forgiveness?
  • Walk into a room full of strangers or work on spreadsheet with Pivot tables?
  • Present a brief to senior leaders or less a cross functional team?
  • Go back to school full time or take a sabbatical?
  • Write a book or run a podcast?
  • Work for your first boss or your last one?
  • Be interviewed by a panel of peers or be the subject of a 360?

You get the idea.

What’s the Point It’s Just a Game.

It’s easy to dismiss this as just a game, but I challenge you not to. Thinking about the answers to each question can help you figure out if you’re on the right path or not.

My answers confirmed for me that I’m right where I’m meant to be. I don’t want to work for anyone else. I don’t want to do a podcast (although I’m doing something just as scary). I don’t want to work with spreadsheets. I don’t want to ask anyone for permission, I want to control what I don.

What Are You Scared Of?

This game comes down to what are you scared of. What things would freak you out and push you to take action?

I know I’ve asked you a lot of questions today, but that’s my job as your Productivity Coach. You have the answers…I’m just here to help you figure out what you’d rather do.

Let’s talk…book your complimentary 45-minute Discovery Session where we can talk about what you’d rather do in your life!

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