Adam Peaty has just smashed a world record and won Olympic gold, yet he was so scared of the water as a child, he wouldn't sit down in the bath. The lesson is that whatever our fear - including professional ones - we should look to the right coaches and techniques not only to overcome it, but master it. Even if the subject in question is something we're just reluctant to do, having the right guidance will always make it easier and you'll soon feel the difference.
"Adam's technique is better than any of his rivals'. Some of that comes with practice, some from drills. You have to work on it to optimise it. A coach can see it and help you, but you can also feel it. "The great ones understand the sensations and understand when the timing is working.