4 Tips for Small Business Leaders to Set Effective Long-Term Goals and Win the Week, Not the Year

Nate Anglin
3 min readAug 30, 2023

Yearly goals are overrated.

It’s the weekly priorities that count. Now, calm the inner bear — I’m not saying toss your annual, 3-year, or long-term goals out the window.

But, your fixation on these distant points is possibly closing your eyes to the steps needed right now, this week, to get there. Progress is made right now. Not tomorrow or a week from now.

Small businesses are notorious for burning out.

They have long-term dreams but are constantly caught in short-term fires. These aren’t always wildfires; they’re more like the annoying kitchen grease fires that pop up when you’re cooking bacon for Sunday brunch.

You can’t ignore them, but wow, they divert your attention quickly and leave a lingering smell.

To make real progress on anything that matters, you have to condense your timeframe, and you can do that by adopting these four tips.

Tip 1: Be clear on your one main objective.



Nate Anglin

Small Biz Investor, CEO, & helping others improve their performance, profit, & potential w/out sacrificing what’s most important. www.nateanglin.com/newsletter