Yesterday I came home to find that my dryer was broken and of course I had a pile of laundry to do. So like any red blooded American male I went to the appliance store and bought a new belt for my dryer because I was going to fix it myself. I knew what the problem was and I figured it cant be that hard to do, I am going to fix it.
After a few choice words for my dryer and of course a little help from my wife Jackie, I had replaced the belt that turns the barrel of the dryer and was ready to put it back together and then get to drying my clothes. As I was putting the dryer back together I noticed that a small switch had come loose so I tried to put it back on the dryer, well sure enough I thought that I had put it all back together perfectly, but I had not. A small piece that makes the connection to tell the dryer that you have closed the door and all is well for your dryer to continue his job had fallen off of the switch. Needless to say because that small piece had fallen off the entire dryer would not work, and thus I had a few more choice words for my dryer....
I reflected on what had just happened, and how I was defeated by a small piece of copper DRYER-1 Tyler-0. I thought about how even though I had fixed the original big problem of replacing the belt that does the job of moving the barrel around, because I did not put the small little switch on properly it would not work.
I learned that I needed to be aware of every part of what I was doing, and that by not fully completing EVERYTHING that needed to be done I would not be able to accomplish my goal of having dry clothes. Because even neglecting the smallest part of something can lead to you not accomplishing your task at hand. For me it was a piece of copper no bigger than a paper clip, what small thing might you be neglecting that is keeping you from accomplishing your goals?