When I was younger I was afraid of the dark. If I woke up during the night, for some reason I was absolutely certain that Darth Vader would come and get me. I used to be hide under the covers trying to breath as lightly as possible so that he wouldn’t know I was there.
As we get older, being afraid of the darkness gives way to other fears.
Fear of failure.
Fear of being made to look foolish in front of others.
Fear of social exclusion.
Fear of fear.
When the fear grips us we can do two things.
We can hide away (under the covers) pretending that the opportunities attached to the fear aren’t there. The problem with this approach is that the more you do it the bigger the darkness becomes.
The alternative is to head into the fear. Face it head on and see what happens.
My bet is that the results will be far better than you expected!