The devil is in the details.
A little adjustment can make a huge difference. Some minor tweak could let you hit the bullseye or miss the target.
I’m not a details guy. I think big picture. I’m a visionary. I can see the whole system and the end game but I’m not too good with spelling out the plan on how to get there.
This is where I fail miserably. I tend to gloss over important facts and instructions in my eagerness to get to the finish line.
It has hurt me many times over the years. Oddly enough, I didn’t think I was doing too bad of a job in my leadership capabilities.
It really came to light a few years ago when I did my basic course adventure with the 3of7 project.
It was a three day hike and camp in the woods and backcountry of North Carolina. We were going to learn some survival skills, basic navigation and work as a team.
That program is a magnifying glass to all your faults and insecurities.
In my excitement and pure stoke of starting a new adventure and going all the way out there from Hawaii, I missed one tiny little detail.
I forgot to pack my food.
Nobody else in the history of the basic course has done that. I mean, it really wasn’t a tiny detail. It was a big detail.
I’ve always been a daydreamer. My mind wanders so easily that I sometimes will be in full conversation but not even be mentally present.
I could be staring right at you saying, “uh huh, right, yes” and completely be tuning you out.
And that’s where I miss crucial bits of information.
I’ve recently started jiu jitstu training and it directly relates to life in so many ways.
The smallest little detail of turning your wrist a 1/2” will be the difference between choking someone out or letting them escape.
It’s a lot easier to pay close attention when you are trying to not get your legs broken.
That might be the only way I learn to not miss any more details. Just apply intense pressure to my jugular. I’ll remember everything.