Today I wrote down all the fears I think are holding me back. I was brutally honest with myself.
I wrote them out in full sentences, starting each one with "I am afraid..."
I then took that piece of paper (I filled one side of an entire page), folded it up, sealed it in a zip-lock bag and put it away.
Being brave doesn't mean not having fear. Being brave means being afraid, and doing things anyway.
"I will face my fear. And when it has gone past... Only I will remain."
*(Quote & post title from Dune by Frank Herbert - the bene gesserit litany against fear)