I think Nike was onto something when they picked their famous slogan, "Just Do It!" If you have a fear of trying something new, you'll never conquer your fear unless you just do it and see how it goes.
I have a few fears and they all relate to cooking. Until recently I have feared three things: working with yeast, cooking fish, and cooking a turkey.
If you ask my Hubby, he would tell you I'm a decent cook. I've definitely grown as a chef since we got married (and I served him casserole every night). I'm not the world's best, but not the worst either. And I'm not very brave in the kitchen. When I look at a new recipe, my two criteria for trying it are 1. not too many ingredients 2. can pronounce all the ingredients.
I am proud to say I have conquered all three of my fears in recent months. I'm not sure what's gotten into me. Perhaps I feel like if I can manage with three children, I can do just about anything. I got some yeast and used it to make pretzels. Then I bought salmon and baked it for my family. Then I decided to make the turkey for our Thanksgiving celebration with friends yesterday.
And, all three "experiments" with my fear factors turned out well, to my surprise!
So... all these years I've feared working with things that seemed hard or complicated and now I realize, I can do anything I set my mind to, if I'll just roll up my sleeves and go for it!