85+ Quotes On When Things Don’t Go As Planned

Written by Peter Keszegh

As human beings, we tend to plan things to have a feeling of motivation and not feel directionless. But as John Lennon said, “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans”. 

No matter how good the plan is, there are times when things don't go as planned. On those days, you will lack motivation, and feel helpless and frustrated. 

On those days, you should learn from the wisdom of other people whose plans didn't work as well. 

In this blog post, we have compiled the best quotes that will motivate you when things are not going as per your plans. So whenever feeling helpless always try to remember these quotes. 

Quotes to inspire when things dont go as planned

When life gets you down, all you need is a little push and motivation to get up and start working on your plans. 

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Here are some of the best quotes that will inspire you.

“When things don’t go as planned, try to remember that everything happens for a reason.”

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." – Eleanor Roosevelt

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do." – Eleanor Roosevelt

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow." – Mary Anne Radmacher

"Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you thought you couldn't." – Rikki Rogers

"Just because something is not happening in your life doesn't mean it will never happen."

"Do not give up the beginning is always the hardest."

"Learn from yesterday live for today hope for tomorrow."

"Everything will be okay in the end if it's not it's not the end."

"The beauty of life is found in the unexpected detours."

"A change in plans doesn't mean a change in direction."

"The obstacle is not the end of the road, it's just a bend in the path."

"When one door closes, another one opens."

"In every failure, there is a seed of success waiting to be discovered."

"Life is unpredictable, but that makes it so beautiful."

"In every disappointment, there is a lesson to be learned."

"Every cloud has a silver lining."

“When things don’t go as planned, it’s an opportunity to create a new plan.”

Quotes about attitude and perspective:

Sometimes when life gets you down, your attitude gets weaker, and your perspective changes. 

Read these quotes to have a positive attitude towards life:

"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." – William Arthur Ward

"The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all." – Josiyah Martin

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"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." – Jimmy Dean

The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward." – Steve Maraboli

Quotes about adversity and resilience:

If you look at people who achieved success in their lives, you will find out that they also failed. And not just once but multiple times. But the thing that differentiated them was that they were resilient. Every time they failed, they got up again and started working on their plans. Eventually being successful. 

Here are some quotes on being resilient.

"Challenges are just opportunities in disguise."

"Embrace the uncertainty, it's what makes life exciting."

"Even the most carefully laid plans can be rocked by unexpected twists."

"Life is not a straight line, it's a beautiful, chaotic dance."

"The most successful people are those who can adapt to changing circumstances."

"Failure is just a stepping stone towards success."

"When life throws you a curveball, swing and hit it out of the park."

"A setback is nothing more than a setup for a comeback."

"When the winds change, adjust your sails."

"Don't let a detour discourage you, it's just a temporary setback."

"It's in the unexpected moments that we find our true strength."

"When things don't go as planned, it's a chance to reinvent yourself."

"The road to success is never a straight line."

"When a door closes, look for the window that's opened."

"Don't be afraid to take a leap of faith when things don't go as planned."

"When life hands you lemons, make lemonade and then throw a party."

"It's the detours that make life interesting."

"There is no such thing as a wasted detour."

"Don't be afraid to let go and trust that everything will work out in the end."

"Life is a rollercoaster, enjoy the ride."

"Don't let setbacks define you, let them refine you."

"When things don't go as planned, it's a reminder that we are not in control."

"The path to success is usually paved with detours."

"The best adventures happen when things don't go according to plan."

"When things don't go as planned, it's a chance to practice patience and flexibility."

"The journey is often more important than the destination."

"It's in the unexpected moments that we find our true purpose."

"Unexpected events are the spice of life, embrace them."

"Don't be discouraged by detours, they often lead to hidden treasures."

"When things don't go as planned, it's a chance to embrace the unknown."

"The best view comes after the hardest climb."

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"Life is too short to stick to a rigid plan, let yourself be surprised."

"When the script changes, write a better story."

"The best memories are the ones created when things don't go as planned."

"When life pulls the rug from under your feet, learn how to dance."

"Detours are just opportunities for new adventures."

"Life is like a game of chess, sometimes you have to sacrifice a piece to win the game."

"You can't have a better tomorrow if you don't stop thinking about today."

"The time will pass anyway you can either regret your decisions or make changes and have a better tomorrow."

"Nothing is permanent in this wicked world Not even troubles - Charlie Chaplin."

"Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing." - Denis Waitley

"When life doesn't go as planned, you can either pout or rebuild with the pieces left." - Oprah Winfrey

"Just because a door appears closed it doesn't mean that's the end, only a course re-direction." - Idowu Koyenikan

"Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach." - Tom Robbins

"Allow yourself to be knocked off course every now and then; it will lead you to unexpected rewards." - Angela Gillinson

"Embrace the unexpected and remind yourself that not getting where you want is sometimes a stroke of luck." - Judith Viorst

"I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career...I've failed over and over and over again in my life, and that's why I succeed." - Michael Jordan

"You get dealt a different hand of cards every day. Some days you get good cards, some days you get bad cards. You've got to play them as best you can." - George Clooney

"When something bad happens, you have three choices: You can let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you."

Quotes on embracing change when a plan fails

One of the best thing about wise people is that they embrace change with open arms when needed. So if you are in a situation where you need to make changes to your plans, do it without any shame. 

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Here are some quotes to help you understand the importance of embracing change whenever your plan fails.

"When things don't go as planned, try to remember that everything happens for a reason."

"When things don't go as planned, it's not the end of the world. It's just the end of the plan."

"When things don't go as planned, remember that life is a journey, not a destination."

"When things don't go as planned, it's a chance to tap into our resilience and strength."

"Life is an adventure, and sometimes the best adventures are the ones we didn't plan for."

"Sometimes the greatest blessings are the things we never thought we wanted."

"When things don't go as planned, it's an opportunity to create a new plan."

"The only constant in life is change."

"Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like." – Lao Tzu

"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." – John F. Kennedy

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"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us." – Joseph Campbell

"The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance." – Alan Watts

Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny." – Steve Maraboli

"You can't calm the storm, so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass." - Timber Hawkeye

Final thoughts

In conclusion, life always does not go according to your plans but it does not mean that you should just give up. 

In your tough days, you should take inspiration from the wisdom of other people and gather all your strength to either make changes to your plan or be resilient in following your previous plan again. 

We hope that these when things don't go as planned quotes help inspire you and change your perspective. If yes, then feel free to share with someone who can benefit from this. 

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