Think of social anxiety on a continuum of 0 to 100. Where 0 = no anxiety and 100 = worst anxiety you can imagine.
Here are a few important points:
If you're in the medium-to-high fear group, your goal is to reduce your anxiety to a manageable level, and to develop a tolerance for the anxiety at that level. Note that your goal is not to get to zero anxiety in all social situations as this is not achievable (everyone has some social anxiety in some situations). Your goal should be to expect some anxiety, and as you recover, the anxiety will become more manageable.
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How to overcome social anxiety