I love this short, but true, story.
I had a very memorable new student from several years ago who still shoots, and well today….. This brand new shooter (now a friend) comes for a lesson. She is very early. I am still going around turning on my traps. She walks along with me while I do so. At the first machine she blurts out: “I don’t think I am good enough to do this.” I say, “OK”. Next machine: “I have no eye hand coordination”. I say, “really?” Next several machines: “I don’t know why I am here.” “Maybe this is a bad idea.” “My friend really wants me to hunt with him”. Finally I stop and say, “Are you done worrying?” She says, “I think so”. I respond, “Good! Now that all that is out of your system, it is easy. You are so busy expecting the worst the rest will be easy! It can only go up from here. And let me just add, that if you cannot hit a target with me here today, it is not your fault, it is mine.”
Rest assured, she not only hit targets, she still shoots clay targets, goes wing shooting and loves this sport. Not only ok to convey your fears and face them head on, but to work through them, one shot at a time. Again, this therapy can transition into many aspects of your life, right??? Yeessss Mammm!