You know that loud chirping noise car brakes sometimes make when the pads are getting low? Apparently mine didn’t have that helpful warning device, and my repair was twice what it could have been.
It’s not a huge deal, but it’s always frustrating when you don’t see the signs of a problem until it’s too late. Sometimes you can’t see them. Sometimes you choose not to see them.
I see this in business.
If you don’t know what activities lead to results. If you aren’t tracking those metrics. If you only wonder why the outcome isn’t what it should be—you’ll be blind to the problems.
I see this in my marriage (and other relationships).
Every time I choose to not be open about how I feel. Every time I don’t dig a little deeper when I sense something is bothering Lacie. Every time I get entrenched in feeling like I’m right—I’m blind to the problems.
If you actually drive a car, you’ll inevitably have repairs. If you choose to pursue growth in your career, you’ll have ups and downs. If you commit to any relationship, there will be challenges.
The difference in a long-term track record of success and a life of problems is simply having the awareness of when regular maintenance is due.
It will always cost you something, but it doesn’t have to cost as much, or everything.