I found a NYT short video called "Ten Meter Tower" touching and an apt representation of and analogy for trying to work through anxiety.
The shot is set up so we are voyeuristically watching everyday people face a 10 meter leap into a pool. We see their hesitation, hear their muttering, and watch a universally human reaction to facing a psychological fear. It's fascinating to watch each diver in dialogue with their own resistance, negotiating between reason and emotion in a struggle to take the plunge. It's also disturbing to watch for this reason. We understand how uncomfortable many of these divers are. Person after person struggles to do something that is perfectly safe, but mentally terrifying - impeded by an overprotective response.
Watch the full NYT short documentary and my musings posted on my Patreon page...
The payoff for taking the plunge into our intimidating and frightening goals is almost always exhilaration.