Heard a great episode of the Optimum Living Daily Podcast today--a narration of Dr. Elena Miller's blog post titled "What Veterans with PTSD Can Teach You About Overcoming Fear."
In it she discusses exposure therapy as a way to overcome fears. Please give it a listen.
The episode reminded me of my shyness--afraid to speak up, stand out, and talk to the opposite sex. I was only able to overcome these fears by taking classes like Toastmasters and volunteering myself to positions at work that involved speaking to an audience. Eventually I became more comfortable.