Here is the problem..
The consequences of failing to take action are not readily visible as they occur so slowly they are not easily seen until there is a major effect that stops you in your tracks!
For example if the first cigarette smoked resulted in loss of aerobic capacity, weathered skin, and lung cancer then nobody would pick it up in the first place.
Unfortunately just like poor habits, the effect is so gradual the signs/symptoms are delayed to the point that the original cause and effect relationship are no longer apparent so the problem is able to silently worsen.
There are in fact boogie men!
And they come in the form of lack of knowledge, procrastination, poor choices, failure to heed warning signs, and not taking action.
Not knowing how, what, and why, or appreciating the precious nature of time results in a less than ideal existence from what might have been.
Impaired health, declining physical capability, recurrent struggles, goals unaccomplished, and an overall life experience that could have shined brighter are the consequences.
In the mild case the preceding is felt in the form of being less joyous and a vague sense of being unsatisfied.
In more extreme examples there can be unnecessary physical discomfort, stress or anxiety, premature loss of physical capability, significant health issues, and a sense of regret later in life.
The preceding is not something anyone needs to experience!
Here is the thing...