Always read and reread a recipe so that you don't accidentally miss anything.
Be sure that you have all of the ingredients for the recipe.
Set out ingredients and your cooking equipment that you'll need.
Always be careful when handling with raw meat.
Have a timer on hand - you'll become great friends.
Don't get discouraged if a dish doesn't come out the way you want it the first time.
Practice makes perfect!
Remember to relax and take your time!
Listen to some music - this always helps calm my nerves.
And Always Remember
"No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing."
~ Julia Child