For the past few days I’ve been driving with my ‘Check Engine’ light on. I brought it into the shop on Friday for a surprise, all-day, expensive repair and the light appeared as soon as I drove left the shop. I called the mechanic right away and he said it probably wasn’t anything serious, but suggested I bring it back in this week to do a diagnostic scan. He was right. It’s nothing major, and I can drive it with the light on until I decide to spend the money on fixing it (or not). For now, I’m going to save my money and just ignore the light.
But, that got me thinking. Although I can justify ignoring the warning light this time in order to save some money and time, what could it cost me in the long run? What if something else, something truly serious, goes wrong with my car?
Since the engine indicator is already on, I wouldn’t realize that a new warning light was trying to communicate a different, real problem. All of a sudden I’m starting to second guess whether I should spend the money on this unnecessary repair, mainly to get the light to disappear.
So what are some of the “unimportant” indicators you’ve been ignoring lately? Team conflicts, financial shortfalls, toxic employees, incompetent vendors, safety near misses, or even recurring chest pains. What’s your justification for ignoring them?
Chances are, the most extreme outcomes won’t actually happen. But dealing with minor issues before they become major problems is typically wiser than being aloof or over-confident.
What do you need to finally address? What will you continue to ignore? The choice is yours.