Yes you are right. I found that when I start approaching random girls asking for direction, time...etc I am starting to feel much more confident and I feel less needy about this girl. I like this new feeling acually, I start to feel that even if things didn't work out well it doesn't matter all that much I am confident and that is the true gift. I am not going to lie and tell you I will not really care because I will but a lot less than before.
I ditched everything PUA related just focus on being bold and saying stuff that come to my mind freely even if it is stupied/dump. I feel much more in control that way. Still the interaction may not go the way I want but I am definitely improving. Even id yhe girl thinks I am stupied I don't really care it's her problem that os the Mindset I am trying to implement in my life.