Explore the Source of Your Fear
Why are you afraid? Is it because of some past emotional wound or childhood experience? One of the best ways to discover what it is that makes us afraid of something in particular is to get in touch with our feelings or associations related to the thing that is causing us fear. So, for example, as a teenager and young adult, I was absolutely terrified of public speaking—so much so that I would do anything I could to avoid the experience.
There had been a couple of times in my younger years when as an awkward, nerdy teenager, I had frozen in front of the class or my voice had wavered; and those experiences had traumatized me enough to render me paralyzed on future occasions. Whenever I got up in front of people, that little girl would be lurking somewhere in the recesses of my subconscious, telling me I was in her same shoes. With time and more experience, my grown-up self was able to tell that little girl that she didn't have to be afraid anymore. Getting in touch with the source of our fear is an important step in learning to face and let go of our fears.