It’s ironic that fears originate from focusing on “what ifs” in the future, most of which never actually happen. Along with practicing surrender, learning to be in the present can also help to protect us from the impact of fear. Being in the present is taking appropriate action in each situation that arises, rather than expending energy in fearful anticipation. This is my understanding of “facing one’s fears”.
You can have your fear and let it stop you, or you can have your fear and work through it. Courage is acting in the face of fear.
“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship”—-Louisa May Alcott