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Today is the 52nd day of 2023. What’s been your biggest accomplishment so far this year? What about your biggest obstacle?

On a scale from 1-100, how would you rate the job you are doing and the life you are leading?

I give myself a score of 68, and I’m not happy about it. I have lofty goals this year, and I need to do a better job with time management. I allow too many time robbers to steal from the work I deem as urgent and important.

This weekend, I reviewed my GPS Plan for 2023 and saw where I need to do a better job. The good news is I have 313 days to tweak these time management issues and get the urgent and important work done. I also booked appointments with two of my advisers to review parts of my business where they can help me. So often, they see things that I might miss, and I respect their knowledge and opinions.

My suggestion for you this week is to get out of the “weeds” of your business where you can only see 3-5 feet in front of you, and climb up to the “clouds” where you have a 20k-foot view. This allows you to see (1) where you are now, (2) where you’ve been, and (3) the options you have going forward. In the clouds is where you write the plans and strategy for your business; In the weeds is where you execute them.

One more thing, don’t go to the clouds alone. Instead. bring the people who see things you might miss in your business. Sales, marketing, IT, your attorney, banker, and even partners or customers are good choices. A successful cloud meeting should result in a 360-degree view of your ecosystem.

I hope this helps. Let’s go seize today!




Brian Moran, CEO
 Small Business Edge
Brian Moran & Associates


Brian Moran

Brian Moran

Prior to rejoining the world of entrepreneurship, Brian was the Executive Director of Sales Development at the Wall Street Journal where he oversaw the sales development and marketing programs for the financial and small business categories among the many Journal brands. From 2002-2010, Brian was President of Veracle Media and Moran Media Group.

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