About a month ago, I resurrected Nagios to monitor my Comcast connection and this web server. I quickly downloaded the RPMs, updated the minimal.conf, fired it up, and verified that it was running.

Over the last month, I’ve been getting alerted every hour that the localhost box is down. I knew that can’t be right, so I chalked it up to a mis-configuration, deleted the pages, and made a mental note to look at it when I have time. I’ve been pretty swamped at work and home, so I haven’t had time. Finally today, I took the time to figure out what was wrong.

It took me about 20 minutes to figure out that I had forgotten the nagios plugins ( a novice mistake), and get them downloaded and installed. Now, for over a month, I’ve been living with 24 pages a day – totally harassed by my own laziness. It didn’t have to be that way, but because I thought I knew what the problem was, I allowed myself to be fooled into postponing the fix.

So what’s my point? My point is that it often appears easier to procrastinate even just looking at a problem, but it very rarely works out that way. I remember an epiphany that I had while I was running a small franchise a few years ago. I was updating a process to save time, but I was having trouble getting it implemented. There was always an excuse, and I remember thinking, “A year from now, you won’t lament that it didn’t take long enough to get this done.”

That pretty much sums it up. Whether you’re in sales, marketing, software, whatever, there IS something out there that you’re afraid of. Step up and get it started – because when it’s done you never wish that you had waited longer to get started. Good Luck!

-Peter