I used to think that I had to eradicate the fear before I could move forward. Thinking I could rationalize the fear out of existence turned out to be mental gymnastics. Even though, for the most part, fear is a mental construct based upon faulty perceptions that cause irrational behaviors, thinking about fear does not eradicate it. This is because fear is a belief that has been accepted and stored in the subconscious mind as being true.
Fear teaches us about the unknown. Think about the things you are afraid of. How much do you truly know about what you fear? I started training in martial arts, Shorin Ryu Karate to be exact, five years ago. As I moved up in my belt ranks, I had to start sparring, which scared the crap out of me. I was afraid of getting hit or hurt. I was afraid of being too old and not being able to move fast enough. Or what if I was a hot flash came over me and I fainted from being overheated? Or, worse fear yet, what if I tapped into my repressed anger and hurt someone? What if, what if, what if? It was paralyzing! My inner pretender voices, you know the ones who pretend they know everything, and take command as if, were running amok!
The truth about fear is you have to feel it, really feel it, and then do what you are afraid of. We must allow ourselves to be vulnerable in this moment of acknowledging our fear. Without the vulnerability, it is hard to find true courage (as opposed to bravado). And without courage, we will be challenged to take action. And without action, the fear will not be transformed.