Fear is similar to pain: it is part of life. But the fear of fear can result in a nonlife, the life without risks, explorations, without challenges and without spiritual growth. Fear can produce a vicious circle:
loss of security in the world= fear:
fear= insecurity within;
insecurity within=fear of self;
fear of self=loss of control;
loss of control=paralizing fear;
paralizing fear=loss of security in the world.
Being afraid is being human. Being afraid does not mean that you are weak or powerless. Your fear is your feelings; your behavior determines your character.
Acknowledge your fear, accept it without criticism, be gentle with yourself because you are afraid, and then do what you have to do anyway. Know that going through the fear is the true act of courage–the way of the hero.