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50 Planning Quotes To Take Control of Your Life

Published on January 14, 2020 7:00 AM EST
Planning Quotes To Take Control of Your Life

Need some planning quotes to help you out? Life is filled with the unexpected and you never know what could happen.

From positive experiences like achieving your dreams, to the more negative, like unexpected expenses–it’s safe to say you never know which way life will take you. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you put time aside to plan your future.

Planning Quotes To Take Control of Your Life

Why is planning important?

Why not put together an action list of tasks that can help achieve your goals and aspirations? Having a good outline will lead to a good outcome, as it helps you set organized goals and stay focused on the task at hand.

What feels too far away today may be even closer tomorrow, with a little preparation. Don’t let life do the driving for you, take control and stay the course!

There’s no time like the present to get ready for your future. In order to help you do so, we’ve compiled a list of insightful planning quotes for inspiration.

Also check out these priority quotes that will help you clarify what’s important to you in your life.

Planning quotes to get you ready for the future

1. “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” ― Yogi Berra

2. “Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.”― Winston Churchill

3. “A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble at his door.”― Confucius

4. “Don’t wait until you’re in a crisis to come up with a crisis plan.” – Phil McGraw (Dr. Phil) 

5. “Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.” ― Gloria Steinem

6. “The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance, but live right in it, under its roof.” ― Shannon Alder

7. “Speaking from my personal experiences, setting goals, along with a detailed action plan, has actually changed my life from one cast in frustration to one of purpose.” ― Catherine Pulsifer

8. “The trouble with many plans is that they are based on the way things are now. To be successful, your personal plan must focus on what you want, not what you have.” ― Nido Qubein

9. “Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” – Fitzhugh Dodson

10. “Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.” ― Tom Landry

Planning quotes to help with your goal setting

11. “Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.” – Napoleon Hill

12. “I ain’t Martin Luther King. I don’t need a dream. I have a plan.” ― Spike Lee

13. Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success. – Pablo Picasso

14. “It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

15. “The man who is prepared has his battle half fought.” – Miguel De Cervantes

16. “Make time for planning: Wars are won in the general’s tent.” – Stephen R. Covey 

17. “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ― Abraham Lincoln

18. “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” ― Warren Buffett

19. “Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.” ― Thomas Edison

20. “The backbone of success is hard work, determination, good planning, and perseverance.” – Mia Hamm

Planning quotes about preparation

21. “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” ― Alexander Graham Bell

22. “He, who every morning plans the transactions of the day, and follows that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through a labyrinth of the most busy life.” – Victor Hugo

23. “Chance favors the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur

24. “The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.” –Napoleon Hill

25. “If you have accomplished all that you have planned for yourself, you have not planned enough.” – Edward Everett Hale

26. “I always say don’t make plans, make options.” – Jennifer Aniston

27. “The wise man bridges the gap by laying out the path by means of which he can get from where he is to where he wants to go.” – J.P. Morgan 

28. “The end we aim at must be known, before the way can be made.” – Jean Paul

29. “Having a sense of purpose is having a sense of self. A course to plot is a destination to hope for.” – Bryant McGill

30. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker

Planning quotes to inspire success

31. “It is a bad plan that admits of no modification.” – Publilius Syrus

32. “For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.” – Benjamin Franklin

33. “If I can create the minimum of my plans and desires, there shall be no regrets.” – Bessie Coleman

34. “The Most Successful People are those who are good at Plan B.” – James Yorke

35. “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” —Jack Welch

36. “Once you’re more aware of people’s needs, you can create action plans for others to follow. That way, you’re responsible for your own well-being, too.” – Deepak Chopra

37. “The finest plans have always been spoiled by the littleness of them that should carry them out. Even emperors can’t do it all by themselves.” –Beretolt Brecht

38. “Goal setting is the most important aspect of all improvement and personal development plans. It is the key to all fulfillment and achievement.” – Paul J. Meyer

39. “In games, you have plans, you have strategies, and you follow them.” –Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

40. “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized.” – Daniel Burnham

Other insightful planning quotes

41. “A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.”  – H. Stanely Judd

42. “Everybody has to take curveballs as they come in life and hopefully have the ability to adjust their plans.” – Chris Sullivan

43. “Short-termism is no good: plans must be carried through to the end.” –Frank Rijkaard

44. “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

45. “Plans are things that change.” – Fujio Cho

46. “Big goals get big results. No goals get no results or somebody else’s results.” – Mark Victor Hansen

47. “If you’re bored with life, if you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things, you don’t have enough goals.” – Lou Holtz 

48. “Goals are dreams we convert to plans and take action to fulfill.” – Zig Ziglar

49. “Always plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” –Richard Cushing

50. “An average person with average talents and ambition and average education, can outstrip the most brilliant genius in our society, if that person has clear, focused goals.” – Mark Kay Ash

What did you learn from these planning quotes?

While planning may seem like a waste of time to some, it’s necessary to the process of achieving any goal or aspiration. It’s easier to tackle big dreams when you break the process down into bite sized pieces. 

If you need more ways that making big plans can have big impacts upon your life, why not look into a savings plan or ways of organizing yourself on a daily basis? By putting more effort towards your planning goals, you are setting yourself up for success.

Remember to stay focused, your feet on the ground, and your eyes on the prize – the only one who can plan the path to success for yourself, is you!

What’s your biggest takeaway from these planning quotes? Do you have any other inspirational quotes to add? Let us know in the comment section below.

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