When the big day finally comes--a presentation day, a deadline for an important project, or even a new day at a new job--how ready are you? Do you feel at peace with your preparations, or are you always left feeling as if you could have planned a little more, or a bit better?

Sometimes, when in a time of need, it's best to listen to the wise words of people who have been there. Grab your new personal planner, get ready to engage your willpower to do better, and read these quotes to inspire you to become a better planner going forward:

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

2. "If plan A doesn't work, the alphabet has 25 more letters--204 if you're in Japan." -- Claire Cook

3. "When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps." -- Confucius

4. "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" -- Mary Oliver

5. "I ain't Martin Luther King. I don't need a dream. I have a plan." -- Spike Lee

6. "If you don't have a plan, you become part of somebody else's plan." -- Terence McKenna

7. "If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else." -- Yogi Berra

8. "The more time you spend contemplating what you should have done...you lose valuable time planning what you can and will do." -- Lil Wayne

9. "Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning." -- Thomas Edison

10. "The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining." -- John F. Kennedy

11. "The backbone of success is hard work, determination, good planning, and perseverance." -- Mia Hamm

12. "Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now." -- Alan Lakein

13. "Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago." -- Warren Buffett

14. "Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation." -- Robert H. Schuller

15. "For tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today." -- African Proverb

16. "Every minute you spend in planning saves 10 minutes in execution; this gives you a 1,000 percent return on energy!" -- Brian Tracy

17. "Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans." -- Peter F. Drucker