Blogger, Brett Kelly shares his method for overcoming anxiety towards trying something new. It's the same method I employ, so I thought I'd share it with you because it's pretty darn effective. Essentially, you set yourself up to do something you're afraid to do, and create a situation where if you DON'T do it, you'll have serious financial or social consequences.
For example, one idea Brett suggests is buying a plane ticket to someplace you've always wanted to go and make the ticket purchase non refundable. You might have no idea what to do or how to get by when you get there, but if you don't go, you'll be out some serious bucks.
This method works for everything in life- from promising to your loved ones you're making something new for dinner or buying a movie ticket for a film or genre you'd normally not watch. In Brett's words:
Believe me when I say that, if you legitimately do this and try like hell to not look back, you’ll feel superhuman once you hit the finish line.
Now go find your something you’re afraid of and kick its ass without mercy.
Read Brett's entire post, How to Overcome Anxiety by Making it Your Only Option, at his blog, Bridging the Nerd Gap.