If you feel a flash of fear about an upcoming deadline or event, make it an opportunity to make a plan of action to get fully prepared, whether that means getting started on a paper, rehearsing for a play or practicing a speech.
“Exposing yourself to your fear” means doing small steps until you feel no fear. If you’re afraid of dogs, start by looking at a badly drawn doodle of a dog until you feel no fear response. Then, look at a photo of a dog, then a video of a dog and so on, until no fear response exists at each stage.
You can put your fears in perspective, see them rationally, then deal with them. Start small. Once you’ve done this with one of your fears, use this as an example to yourself that you can and have achieved this change, and can use this process to successfully make other changes.