Done Terrified

Growing up in Oklahoma, I learned the phrase, “done terrified” i.e. made to be extremely scared or stricken by panic. I love you OK colloquialism, no disrespect intended ;). Today, let’s play with being “done terrified” i.e. scared out of our wits about doing important things i.e. making great things done.

Part of the terror comes at the outset, before you get started. Consider this tenet from The Cult of Done:

Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.

Consider how terrified this statement makes you. Give yourself a fist to five to check your reaction to living your life this way or working according to this tenet. If you are anything less than a 4, ask yourself the 5 whys, and be honest. Find the root reason of inaction and defy it. If you feel you don’t have the strength to act, you may be elephant pegged, in a state of learned helplessness. Start small if you need to, but start.

Many are laughing at Shia Lebouf’s “motivational speech,” but it is truly profound.  Look below the surface and even deeper still.  My favorite line:

If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.

If you rarely start or never finish, you may be done terrified.

If you fear being changed, you may be done terrified.

If you are done terrified of doing great things, start by committing to do the important things and the great things will follow…if you stop giving up.


Jason is a developer, Scrum Master, writer, teacher, coach, husband, father, and community leader out of Tulsa Oklahoma. He's been delivering software since 2007 and absolutely loves the values and principles of agility especially as given form by the Scrum framework.