Dating is a very scary idea, for many people, for a variety of different reasons. Some people are may be scared of date because they have not been on one for a long time (marriage break up, long time partner, too busy doing other things), others because they just never gained that dating confidence everyone would like to have.
Practice To Gain Confidence
As with many things, the best way to get confident is to practice. Getting a few dates under your belt is a great way to get your dating confidence going. It doesn't matter if you mess up a few dates, the idea is to go on some dates and with practice, you gain confidence.