When Doing It Right Is Not a Good Thing

Have you ever thought yourself right into confusion?  Has it ever seemed like the harder you tried the worse it got?  Have you ever been guilty of over-thinking it?  Ding.  Ding.  And Ding for me.

My husband Troy recently bought me a new Stoeger 20-gauge shotgun.  (Yes, it really was for me.  Which is different from the times he bought me guns for him.)  I had a hard time hitting the clay pigeons with his big 12 gauge Browning.  It’s long and heavy and I couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn with it.  He said I’d do better if I had a smaller youth model.  One trip to Gander Mountain and… voila!  I have a smaller youth model.

We gathered up 2 boxes of shells, a box of sporting clays, a hand-held thrower and stood in the front yard.  Troy loaded the thrower with a clay pigeon and I loaded two shells into the shotgun.  Troy reared back ready to throw and I pulled up the gun, got set and yelled the magic word, “PULL!”

Taking a step back, Troy thrust his arm forward sending the orange piece of clay into the air.  I put the bead on the circular pigeon, pulled the trigger and SMASH!  Tiny orange pieces fell to the ground.

“I did it!  Look at that!  I did it!  Throw another!”

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Taking a step back, Troy thrust his arm forward sending the orange piece of clay into the air.  I put the bead on the circular pigeon, pulled the trigger and SMASH!  Tiny orange pieces fell to the ground.

“I did it again!  Throw another!”

Taking a step back, Troy thrust his arm forward sending the orange piece of clay sailing into the air.  I put the bead on the circular pigeon, pulled the trigger and the bright orange piece of clay fell to the ground in one big piece.  “Okay forget that one.  Give me another.”

This cycle went on through an entire boxes of shells.  It was the most fun I’d ever had shooting!

Well, I got this bright idea…

If I could shoot that well not knowing how to shoot.  Just think how good I’d be if I’d learn how to shoot.

I got on You-Tube and searched How to Shoot Sporting Clays.  I listened to Gil Ash of OSP Shooting Schools tell me how I’m not supposed to look down the barrel and how I’m not supposed to put the bead on the target.  He said if I just point and shoot, I’ll break more targets.

I told Troy what the professional said and Troy’s words were, “Yep.  He’s right.  Don’t over-think it.  Just point and shoot.”

“So I was doing it all wrong.  I was looking right down the barrel and I was putting the bead right on the target.”

“Well don’t to that.  Don’t over-think it.  Just point and shoot.  That’s what I do.  Just point and shoot.”

“Okay.  Well let’s get another box of shells.  I think I know how to do this now.”

We gathered up another box of shells, walked out to where we’d left the sporting clays and hand-held thrower and I positioned myself for greatness. I remembered the rules Gil Ash had told me.  Don’t over-think it.  Don’t look down the barrel.  Don’t put the bead on the target.  Look ahead.  When you see the target coming, go back to the target.  Get just under it and shoot.  Got it.

Troy loaded the thrower with a clay pigeon and I loaded two shells into the shotgun.  Troy reared back ready to throw, I pulled up the gun, got set and yelled the magic word, “PULL!”

Taking a step back, Troy thrust his arm forward sending the orange piece of clay into the air.  I did everything just as Mr. Ash told me to do, pulled the trigger and watched as the bright orange piece of clay fall to the ground in one big piece .  “Okay forget that one.  Give me another.”

Troy loaded the thrower with another clay target.  Taking a step back, Troy thrust his arm forward sending the orange piece of clay into the air.  I did everything just as Mr. Ash told me to do, pulled the trigger and watched the bright orange piece of clay fall to the ground in one big piece .  “Okay forget that one.  Give me another.”

“Okay forget that one.  Give me another.”

“Give me another.”

“Give me another.”

This went on through the WHOLE BOX OF SHELLS!!!

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I didn’t hit one blooming target!  Ugh!  What in the world???

“Troy, what happened?  What did I do wrong?  Why didn’t I hit even one target?”

“Did you do everything like I said?  Like the video showed you?”

“Yes.  I did just what I was supposed to do.  And I didn’t hit even ONE target!”

“I don’t know what to tell ya.”

“Well thanks.  I just stink.  That’s all there is to it.  I tried to learn how to do it and I just got worse.  Go figure.  I stink.”  (If that slightly resembles a temper-tantrum… I don’t want to talk about it.)

Determined not to let these little orange pretend birds get the best of me, the next time I went to town (that’s what country folk call Wal-Mart), I bought another box of targets and 2 more boxes of shells.

When it got a little cooler in the evening I said, ” Troy, let’s go shoot some clays.”

I’ll spare you the description of the whole scenario, but let’s just say…

I ditched the professionals advice and did it my own way.  I went back to doing it exactly opposite of how it’s supposed to be done.  I looked down the barrel and put the bead on the target.  And can I tell you… I was much better.  Not perfect and not even great.  But, I only semi-stunk instead of really stunk.

That whole ordeal is how I approach everything.  If I’m going to do something, I’m going to learn how to do it right.  I want lessons.  I want to learn the right way.  I want to do things right and be good at it.  Nothing wrong with that.

But sometimes, I’ve found, we need to just follow our instincts.  Sometimes what works for us may defy logic.  May not sound reasonable.  May not be the way it’s supposed to be done and may not even be good.

But it’s your way.  And it’s the way that works for you.  Most importantly, it’s the way God is directing you.

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There are things you just can’t explain.  That have no rhyme or reason but you know you in your heart of hearts what God is saying and what you’re supposed to do.  Even when it doesn’t make sense.

Following the pattern of how everyone else is doing it may not work for you.  If not… don’t feel bad. Thank God that you can hear Him even when the direction you’re supposed to go is against the grain.  That’s okay.  God’s plan is always right and it’s always good.  Follow God’s plan not man’s plan.

God’s plan for you is not a one-size-fits-all cookie-cutter plan.  It’s individualized just for you.  So do what works for you.  Be you.  And be awesome.

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3 thoughts on “When Doing It Right Is Not a Good Thing

  1. Thank you, Jesus, for instincts, intuition and all those beautiful feelings he equipped us with. I feel like it’s internal sonar. So glad to hear you didn’t give up clay shooting. Great to read your words. Have a beautiful and blessed time at She Speaks. I’ll certainly miss ya. xoxo

    • Thank you, Carolina!

      I am so sad you won’t be able to make it to She Speaks. I was looking forward to meeting you. Another time. I hope you’re doing well. Blessings!

  2. Gwen, I love the thought of being authentic self and God’s gals. Love the words of, “One-size-fits-all cookie-cutter plan”.