To plan means to envision a future and the steps that it takes to get there.  Here are some wise words from many sources about plans and planning.

Determine the thing that can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.

— Abraham Lincoln

Reflection enables us to discern the next step even if we are not clear about the next mile.

— Alan Smith and ‎Peter Shaw, The Reflective Leader: Standing Still to Move Forward

No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.

— Alan Watts

For unless one is able to live fully in the present, the future is a hoax. There is no point whatever in making plans for a future which you will never be able to enjoy. When your plans mature, you will still be living for some other future beyond. You will never, never be able to sit back with full contentment and say, ‘Now, I’ve arrived!’ Your entire education has deprived you of this capacity because it was preparing you for the future, instead of showing you how to be alive now.

— Alan Watts

I made no resolutions for the new year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning, and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.

— Anaïs Nin

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

— Anatole France

Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice.

— Arnold Toynbee

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

— Bible, Proverbs 15:22, NIV translation

Nothing happens unless first we dream.

— Carl Sandburg

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.

— E. B. White

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.

— Epictetus

We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation.

— Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Great souls are not those with fewer passions and more virtues than common souls, but simply those that have greater plans.

— François de La Rochefoucauld

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.

— Gloria Steinem

In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move.

— Henry Rollins

Two types of choices seem to me to have been crucial in tipping the outcomes [for a culture] towards success or failure: long-term planning and willingness to reconsider core values. On reflection we can also recognize the crucial role of these same two choices for the outcomes of our individual lives.

— Jared Diamond

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.

— John Lennon

Strategic planning is worthless — unless there is first a strategic vision.

— John Naisbitt

Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.

— Louisa May Alcott

It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement.

— Mabel Newcomber

Coincidence takes a lot of planning.

— Malcolm Nance

Tell me, what do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

— Mary Oliver

A goal is a dream with a deadline.

— Napoleon Hill

Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.

— Napoleon Hill

First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.

— Napoleon Hill

When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.

— Napoleon Hill

Unless commitment is made, there are only hopes, but no plans.

— Peter F. Drucker

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.

— Peter F. Drucker

The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft a-gley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain
For promis’d joy.

— Robert Burns

No wind serves a ship that has no port.

— Spanish proverb

The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.

— Warren Bennis

Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

— Warren Buffet

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