George Sweeting shares this story: “Several years ago our family visited Niagara Falls. It was spring, and ice was rushing down the river. As I viewed the large blocks of ice flowing toward the falls, I could see that there were carcasses of dead fish embedded in the ice. Gulls by the score were riding down the river feeding on the fish. As they came to the brink of the falls, their wings would go out, and they would escape from the falls. “I watched one gull which seemed to delay and wondered when it would leave. It was engrossed in the carcass of a fish, and when it finally came to the brink of the falls, out went its powerful wings. The bird flapped and flapped and even lifted the ice out of the water, and I thought it would escape. But it had delayed too long so that its claws had frozen into the ice. The weight of the ice was too great, and the gull plunged into the abyss.” – The finest attractions of this world become deadly when we become overly attached to them. They may take us to our destruction if we cannot give them up. – And as Sweeting observed, “Oh, the danger of delay!”

Source: Dr George Sweeting in Special Sermons For Special Days

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

Will Rogers (1879-1935), American humourist and actor

“Procrastination is the thief of time.”

Edward Young (1683-1765), English poet and dramatist

Please stop procrastinating immediately: whatever it is it can wait until tomorrow!

If we waited until all the traffic lights were on green before we set off on a journey then we’d never leave home.

A humourist explaining his predisposition to procrastinate once said, “I am rather like a mosquito in a nudist camp: I know what I ought to do, but I don’t know where to begin.”

“Procrastination is the assassin of opportunity.”

Victor Kiam, U.S. entrepreneur (the man who was so impressed he bought the company - Remington.)

Down in that place called Hades, Satan summoned his three chief demons to a debate on how to win as many souls as possible for the Kingdom of Hell. After much discussion, one of the demons came up with an idea. “I know,” he said. “How about I disguise myself as a mortal and go to earth proclaiming that there is no such thing as God or the Devil or Heaven or Hell? I’ll tell everyone that there is no inherent good or evil and the only thing that matters is self-gratification. That way, alcohol, drugs, gambling, promiscuity, debauchery and the like will no longer be taboo. I predict that I’ll be able to secure the souls of up to half of the world’s population!”

Satan thought this was a wonderful idea and was just about to give it his approval when the second demon interjected. “I have an even better idea,” he said. “I’ll disguise myself as a mortal and go to earth, but I’ll proclaim that there is a God and a Devil and there is place called Heaven and a place called Hell, so everyone had better go to church every Sunday or else!” He then went on to say, “But then I’ll tell everyone that, as long as they go to church on a Sunday, the rest of the week they can literally do whatever they like. That way, I reckon I could get the souls of three-quarters of the world’s population down to Hell.”

Satan was delighted, and rubbed his hands together with glee, but then the third demon piped up. “I have the best idea of all, and an idea that could get everyone on earth down to Hell.” The whole of Hades fell silent as Satan nodded, beckoning the third demon to continue. “I’ll disguise myself as a mortal and go to earth and I, too, will proclaim that there is a God and a Devil and there is place called Heaven and a place called Hell. I’ll tell everyone that they must live clean and honest lives and follow the teachings of the Bible. But then I’ll also tell everyone that there’s absolutely no rush, so they can just take all the time in the world to think it over!”

And the moral of this little tale is this: Procrastination is dangerous (in this case, eternally dangerous)!

R. Ian Seymour, adapted from Maximize Your Potential

A farmer tethered his mule between two haystacks so that the animal would have plenty to eat while the farmer was away on a short trip. The mule, however, couldn’t decide which haystack to eat from and so it starved to death. – Moral: Often the right decision is right in front of your nose; you’ve just got to make it.

“Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.”

Napoleon Hill (1883-1970)

“You may delay but time will not… Lost time is never found.”

Benjamin Franklin

One of these days really means none of these days.

A ‘procrastinator’ is the polite way of describing a person suffering from attainment constipation!

The fox that waited for the chickens to fall off the perch died of hunger.

Greek Proverb

“There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision.”

William James (1842-1910), American Psychologist and Philosopher

He who hesitates is last.

The best time to take action is that time that falls in-between yesterday and tomorrow.

“I always wanted to be a procrastinator… just never got around to it.”


“It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off! You cannot make progress without making decisions.”

Jim Rohn (writer and speaker)

Today’s great labour-saving device is tomorrow!

“On the plains of hesitation bleach the bones of countless thousands who, on the threshold of victory, hesitated and, while hesitating, died!”

Mary Kay Ash, entrepreneur