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Inspiring Quotes on Planning for all phases of making and rocking your goals and dreams.
Do you have a big goal or project in your life? If you want to really make it happen, you need to take that idea and turn it into a plan. And planning is where so many of us get stuck. I’m not going to lie, creating and executing a plan is hard. It takes clarity, focus, and perseverance. But you absolutely can do it, and sometimes, it just takes a little inspiration to get started.
So today I’m sharing 12 Quotes on Planning to inspire you to rock your own plan.
Each of these quotes corresponds with an essential phase of planning. Each quote is meant to spark your imagination and motivate you, even when you feel stuck. Whether you are trying to create a new daily routine or just plan your weekend, these quotes will help you move forward with your goal with confidence.
QUOTES ON DECIDING WHAT TO DO:
The first step of planning is actually deciding what to do. Sometimes it can feel exciting to jump into action, but taking the time to be intentional about what you are trying to accomplish is so important to any successful plan. The time you put into this phase is never wasted and will almost always pay back in dividends down the line.
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life”?- Mary Oliver
“It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about”? – Henry David Thoreau
“By definition, strategy is about creating something unique, making a set of choices that nobody else has made”. – Michael Porter
QUOTES ON GETTING STARTED:
Once you’ve decided what to do, you have to actually start taking steps forward. When you are starting from zero, that first step can seem intimidating. What if you make a mistake? Can you really do this? The best way to overcome these fears is to create a plan for action and break it down into the tiniest baby steps. Start small and make a commitment to yourself to show up.
“Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still”. – Chinese Proverb
“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step”. – Martin Luther King Jr.
“If you talk about it, it’s a dream, if you envision it, it’s possible, but if you schedule it, it’s real”.- Tony Robbins
QUOTES ON PERSEVERANCE:
At some point, you are likely to hit what Scott Belsky calls “the messy middle”. The messy middle is the part of their plan where you aren’t quite yet seeing the results you want and your initial enthusiasm is starting to wane. This is where so many plans fail. Remember that this experience is totally normal. If you are experiencing the messy middle, it does not mean you are a failure. It means you are experiencing growth! Learn from failure, make adjustments, but most importantly- just keep going. Read these quotes when you don’t feel like doing anything.
“The mistake a lot of people make is to assume the euphoria of an idea is going to persist all the way through the countless little steps that need to happen before the idea becomes real. Many lose heart or momentum because those little tiny things that have to get done are so dull”. – Rita King
“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps”. – Confucius
“If Plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters”. – Claire Cook
QUOTES ON FINDING SUCCESS:
Hiding behind the messy middle is success. Success is typically the end goal of any plan, and it often feels different than we expected it to. Often there are less fireworks and more feelings of quiet satisfaction and accomplishment. And then once you’ve achieved success, the key to sustaining it is to build daily routines that keep you focused on growing and rocking your goals.
“Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself at its most brilliant”. – Paulo Coelho
“Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out”. – Robert Collier
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do”. – Pele
Planning can be fun, challenging, overwhelming, and rewarding all at the same time. Next time you are feeling stuck while creating or executing a plan, come back and reread this page for these inspiring quotes on planning.
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