I’ve found the toughest parts of learning to ride are the parts where I’m told to overthink simple concepts I already know about. Counter-steering is a good example. Another is when you’re told, for example, look both ways when you stop. Naturally this is something I would do. I know it from driving my car, riding my bike and heck, walking across the street. When I’m told to though, I obsess on it and end up making a mistake in another facet of riding I wouldn’t have messed up on if I wasn’t told to concentrate on something I would have done anyway. I’ve taken to just having the person who’s teaching me to ride to just tell me what he wants, and not how to do it, and if I get it right my way – lesson learned. If I don’t do it right my way, he gives me a brief explanation of how to achieve the outcome he wants and I do it that way. It’s much easier for me.