It is normal to protect ourselves from the things that makes you afraid or not feel confident about. That is a programming that our human instincts have been told to do. Call it nature if you will. However, running from your fears will only make its size bigger. It feeds off from you avoiding it. As uncomfortable as it is, you need to run towards it in order for it not to inevitably be overpowering. When you confront it, seeing it as what it is and not imagining it (we all know how wild imagination can get), it will give you a level of understanding of the fear. This is where you need to view it as an outsider performing an analysis on the situation. Disect the problem and provide solution. Without truly understanding your fear, you cannot free yourself from it.