Maybe you have to make a speech, confront someone who intimidates you or handle a difficult situation. Whatever it is, you doubt you can do it: You're not good at this kind of thing. Maybe you should duck it.
Maybe you shouldn't. Ducking the things you're afraid of only increases the chance you'll be more afraid the next time.
But what if you bomb out? Won't that reinforce the idea that you can't handle it?
Sure. But since you believe that anyway, what's the difference? Instead of letting your fear be in charge of you, take a risk and give it a go, keeping the following in mind:
* Be realistic in your expectations. You've not been comfortable in this area, so don't expect to handle it perfectly, just the fact that you make the attempt is enough for this go-round.