Ratchet Down Your Focus

The Power behind a Ratchet Wrench is Enormous!

Ratchet WrenchIt’s not simply a speed tool, but one that has the power of leverage provided by a longer handle. Too little power and the results are weak. Too much power and the results can be stripped away.

It takes the right amount of power to ensure that they results are locked as tight as needed to last. Or, in the language of tools… It takes the right amount of torque.

“Torque (tightening force) is critically important when working with any fasteners that will be subject to some kind of load.  The bolt (or nut) needs to be “preloaded” with the correct amount of force, so that it will neither break nor come loose and fall off. Automakers specify torque settings for just about all their fasteners, and a torque wrench is used to achieve the requirements.” www.tegger.com

Torque WrenchSo, there are special tools that can act like a ratchet but measures the amount of force applied to the bolt. There are measurements equal to the amount of pounds of force being exerted to the bolt. You can go look up foot-pounds, Newton Meters, and other such terms to find out the mechanics and physics related to the this subject.

Now, imagine all the forces at work on your daily walk. Outside pressure. Inside pressure. Strong. Weak. What starts out as a small potential force can take over the entire entity when it gets your attention. Imagine your little toe. Such a small member of your body. But let it become injured in the middle of the night walking to the fridge, and all of a sudden that insignificant member becomes the driving force of all reaction.

With these thoughts in mind, I think we should think about focusing on the little issues just like we do the big issues. Little forces. Big forces. Little problems. Big problems.

“Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.” (James 3:3-6 NKJV)

The little things control the big things. Think about Benjamin Franklin who said, “Watch the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.” and this is basically a re-quote from William Lowndes (1652-1724), a former Secretary to the Treasury of Great Britain, who said, “Take care of the pence, and the pounds will take care of themselves.”

Watching the little things in life and managing them well, will probably help you manage the large things. What are you needing to watch right now? Pennies? Seconds? Minutes?

I think that if we ratchet down the seconds… we will end up with minutes. Minutes become hours, and hours can equal days and weeks!

Let’s ratchet our focus!





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