Ask for help or a buddy. Easing into lifting is easier (and safer) with someone who know their way around the iron. And even if you have a pretty good idea how to handle the weights, having a reliable spotter can also prevent that dreaded barbell roll during bench.
Control the weight. When starting off, focus on controlling the movement. If something doesn't feel right, it probably isn’t. When I started, I focused on lower weight and higher reps, so I can learn how to handle the exercise movement properly.
Join a community! Whether that’s a weight lifting class at the gym, or a local weightlifting/powerlifting team. Having a group of lifters who can both encourage you and give you guidance, can make lifting feel a little less frightening, and a lot more fun.
Here's our ladies' team kicking butt at a powerlifting competition!