I assume this is a very atypical question for this community, but I believe it's on-topic, so, I'll go ahead with this.
I was hoping someone could help me resolve the problem of overcoming fear. To be more specific, I tend to have problems when training back flips or back handsprings. I always train them in a gym on very soft mattress, where I can hardly hurt myself. There's really no harm at stake. When thinking about it rationally, I do realise this fact. Also, I'm already in a stage where I can perform them at least in a way where I don't hit the ground in a wrong way, so basically, there's absolutely no reason why I should worry when training.
Yet, when standing there on the spot, seconds before performing a certain jump, I feel fear and I never give my maximum power to the jump, therefore never doing it as perfectly as I'm physically capable of.
I know that if I put my total maximum, I could do wonders, but my brain doesn't let me.
Any ideas how to overcome this fear?
P.S.: I'm 22 years old, I started late. I think it's connected. I'm not as agile as I used to be, so maybe that's the reason why I don't just "throw myself into danger" like 15-year-olds do.