Fear in and of itself isn't a bad thing. In fact if you watch it carefully it can be a compass, pointing you toward exactly what you need to do for yourself and your growth. If you're not afraid to face it, fear can become a tool. It's only our reaction to fear that can ruin us. If we run and hide in the face of fear we give it substance—a body. Fear relies on us to catalyze it into reality, and that catalyst is called shame.
Allowing ourselves to be vulnerable creates a powerful ripple effect. But you have to be willing to do it.