How to Move from Fear to Courage. Someone once described courage as the ability to function while afraid. Each of us carries some fear inside of us; unless, of course we are sociopaths or psychopaths. The ability to fear is the defense mechanism that has enabled our species to survive. However, in most lives, fear can limit our ability to succeed, and to enjoy our lives. No trial lawyer ever entered a courtroom without a healthy dose of fear. No soldier ever entered combat without fear. Don't try to conquer your fears. Learn to use them. Never allow a critical comment to immobilize you. Criticism can be a good thing, as long as you move on from it. I love this piece by Carolyn Parr. Now, go do what you have to do today, and embrace your fear.