Should we really wait?

When does strategically waiting become procrastination and actually counter productive?

I was having a conversation the other week about professional athletes vs. the general public and how professional athletes have elective surgery sooner (for obvious reasons, their careers depend on it) than those in the general public.

That had me thinking, how often is an elective surgery postponed long enough that the cost benefits don’t make sense anymore? In other words, the person should have had the surgery right away rather than suffer with their injury for such a long time. My bet is in most cases, the person probably should have opted in sooner.

How often is this the case in other parts of our lives? We wait to take action only to later find out that we should have just got on with it sooner than later.