How many 'irons' do you have in the fire?
The number can be staggering. But, what is really important is which iron your getting out of the fire. Hmmmm. The branding iron was put into the fire to heat it, to get it ready for use. If the iron was not hot enough it did not work. You needed to grab the hottest iron to get the job done right.
You need to to know which iron is ready, so you can complete the task satisfactorily. Take care to tend the fire and organize your irons, so you have the right iron hot and ready.