I was a shy timid girl and when someone got in my way I backed off and said sorry. I continued to do this and feel this way for awhile until one day I was tired of being walked on and when someone was walking to the machine I was using I simply told them "I'm using that". It was like a giant weight was lifted off my shoulders. I couldn't believe that came out of me. The guy apologized for sneaking in and he was very sincere about it.
This made me realize that most people or nobody is looking at you or even paying attention to you because they are self absorbed in their own workout. It was selfish of me to think that people were looking at me and even cared about what I was doing. Once I defended myself and showed a little confidence people showed respect and started becoming interested in what I was doing and likewise for me.
In order to face my fear of going to the gym alone I had to step outside my comfort zone. Once I did that I realized that this obstacle wasn't so scary afterall. Now when I step into the gym less fear resides within me and I will keep going until I reach the point where I have no fear.
Each time I stretch my comfort zone it inspires me to face bigger obstacles that I wouldn't otherwise confront. Facing your fear gives you the strength to push through tough times and seek new challenges.