Don't make plans that are dependent on something good happening before you know it has actually happened.
This saying is often attributed to one of Aesop's fables, although like so many of Aesop's stories it is not clear whether this one actually originated with him or has, at some point over the intervening 2500 years been attributed to him. The fable goes something like this:
A milkmaid is has a pail of milk that she plans to sell. She imagines selling the milk for a good price and using the money to buy some eggs, which will then hatch, then she'll raise the chickens and sell them for a good price and buy herself a nice new hat. Then she spills the milk and thus all her plans are for nought. Thus the moral of the story is don't count your chickens before they are hatched.
Whether originating in ancient Greece or more recently, it was in circulation in the 1600s as used by Thomas Howell in New Sonnets and Pretty Pamphletsi>, 1570:
Counte not thy Chickens that vnhatched be,
Waye wordes as winde, till thou finde certaintee
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