Both of these articles that I found over at the Occupational Adventure Blog revolve around overcoming your fears in career pursuits, but I think some of these same ideas apply to overcoming fears in every area of our lives:
How Overcoming your Fear can Boost your Career
It’s important, I think, to recognize your fears, and recognize that sometimes the fears are well founded and may stop you from making big mistakes. On the other hand, at 35 years of age, I can look back at plenty of opportunities that I passed on in my life because I lacked self confidence and allowed my irrational fears to get the better of me. Sometimes it’s really good for me to sit down and look at things from a very logical, “what’s the worst that can happen?” point of view. Most times I find that what I’m afraid of isn’t really worth all that fear.