Same here. http://daygame.com/cafe/index.php/topic,1124.msg5394.html
I've been going out to shopping malls for a week but without success so far(except today, I think I'll try streets more, since in malls there is too much bright light too much noise, very few single girls walking, etc..).
You should start by being more social with strangers. So ask for directions, shops, time, day, date... you can use you phone by holding it when you're asking for such things so the situation feels more real(you can say your battery popped out and your time settings has been reset).
Then try to compliment woman. Nothing difficult just say 'you have a nice xyz' and keep walking.
Then you can go indirect with 6's and 7's with similar openers like 'hi, i just have to tell you i like your xyz' - like Yad is doing. Meaning you just do the same as before but you stop the girl and try to keep the conversation going.
And finally you can go direct.
I didn't managed to ask many people for time and stuff because I feel weird going from one person to another asking the same stupid questions. And having a pause between asking takes just too much overall time.
But to sum it all up it's all about creating memories of you talking to strangers so you won't feel anxious in the future since you've done it many times before. Rinse & Repeat.
PS: I've found that running after the girl is essential since you get out of your head for a few seconds(try it, just start running for a few seconds and you'll notice it).
Also don't waste too much time. If you wont approach within an hour just go home. You'll have plenty time to practice.
Awesome thing to get you into 'state' is to listnen daygame podcasts on mp3 player. I'm always laughing at conversations there. Also some audio stand-up comedy can do the same thing(haven't tried it yet). Music doesn't do it for me.
Read daygame stories section in cafe forum. There are few journals that you can relate to so you won't feel that you are alone in this and that you are the only one struggling with this.
Get a part-time job where you have to talk to strangers and you have to initiate the conversation. Like taking polls and such. You'll have a reason to stop and talk to strangers so lster it will feel like nothing. You won't think about it.
Get a wing.
a) someone who is experienced and who will concentrate on helping YOU - tell him that you need help.
b) someone on your level so you can compete with each other(if it's in your nature). On the flip side you can end up both doing nothing(happens a lot of times) discouraging each other to action.
c) pay some professional to teach you or go to the bootcamp. In UK you have many options.
I personally know that approaching is nothing hard(I've done a few of them on the street a year ago but not alone and not during the day). I know it can be done and how to do it but it's just not part of my reality right now. So knowledge won't help you here. You just have to stop thinking and do it(I myself too). Which for me is like trying to climb Mt. Everest in shorts because I'm like Andy, too analytical
Maybe someone else can bring more light to this..