About a year ago, I bought a lathe to start making pens with. Before then, I had used a power drill and a jigsaw but nothing heavy duty. My lathe is a small one, weighing about 40 lbs and not designed for large work. Even still, I remember being anxious about starting it for the first time.
While you could say that I was afraid to start the lathe, it was more excitement than fear. The first time I set a chisel against a spinning piece of wood, I experienced something entirely new for the first time. Opportunities opened up.
That’s as close to overcoming a fear that I can remember. I haven’t conquered any others, so I’m still afraid.