How do you overcome your fear of first dates?

How do you overcome your fear of first dates?

"I have a fear of going on dates. I haven't put myself out there so I get nervous and I feel like I'm going to be awkward. I don't have much experience with dating, but I'd love to meet someone new and see if there's a connection.
Is there anything that I can do to help myself overcome these nerves and feel more confident?"