Describe a fear you had to overcome. How did you overcome it?

According to my research, the most common emotion in human beings is "fear". It could be the fear of climbing a high wall, biking, or losing a loved one, but this "fear" is the feeling that prevents us from achieving our goals or becoming successful, and it varies from person to person. Nevertheless,there are various ways of overcoming it.  Generally,I am a happy-going person, but I also have a fear, and that is the fear of socializing. Being an introvert, I like spending my time alone and doing things like reading, cooking, gardening,etc. When it was time to go out and communicate with others, I used to have palpitations. In the past, I used to find it extremely difficult to talk to others and place my opinion above theirs. Rather, even if I had something to say, I used to keep quiet out of the fear that I might be wrong and others would make fun of me. I used to get extremely conscious of the way I behave and how I portray myself before everyone. Gradually, I realised that I needed to overcome this fear of connecting and live a normal life.  Being humble and decent is a good way of living, but one should be confident in himself or herself. As a child,I barely spoke to anyone in my school and had almost no friends. I realised I'm missing out on anything interesting in my life. As a result, to develop my communication skills, I joined a class to make new friends and started having regular therapy sessions. The counsellor is a friend of mine, and so it became much easier for me to be free around her and overcome this fear of socializing. After four to five sessions, I started feeling better. Now I can confidently carry myself around anyone and everyone. Even now, I can strike up a conversation with a stranger easily.  To summarize, I had a fear as well, but I overcame it with the help of my own willpower and practice, and I am now very proud of myself. Initially,it was difficult to get out of the comfort zone to which I belong, but once I was determined to do it, by taking baby steps, I was finally successful.
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