As a healthy business owner or independent professional,how do you end your year? Well, I tell my clients tostop working. That's right, stop working. The kind of workI'm talking about is the work of getting new business.There is no new business in the dark days of winter,just the clean up of old business. If you have clientsthat must spend in order to deduct prior to years’ end, go to it. This is for those who have the timeto take the time.

Just stop. Take it easy. Take a day or more to cleanout your space. Go through each document and getrid of as many as possible. If it's important, it willshow up again. Don't answer the phone until the bagsare full. (Don't answer the phone until 10:30 a.m. anyway, just for this month.)

Remain calm during this hectic time.

Throw away all your old magazines. Don't subscribeto any new ones without an old one expiring. Checkyour e-mail subscriptions. Remove those you never read. Review the past year and identify the intangiblesthat contributed to your success. Passion, attitude, commitment, integrity and perseverance are solid ingredients in business achievements.

Let go of everything in your life that drains you oris a burden. Look at your daytimer, starting fromJanuary 1. How much time was scheduled for you?How many new friends did you make this year?How many problem people will you eliminate fromthe Rolodex of life? How much more time will therebe for you or your new hobby?

What did you learn this past year? Write a letter toyourself and applaud your triumphs and your failures.Look at the people who have helped you this past year. Send them a note of appreciation.

Be grateful for what you have.

Check your income for last year. What's your amount for 2003? Determine the number of days you want to work in 2004, divide that into your 2004 projectionsand you have a new monthly financial model!

You don't have to look for new business to create new business; just create the space for it to appear. Take care of yourself, first, and avoid a hectic January. Take a nap, go to the movies, buy yourself a present and be happy.

© 2003-2011 Joanne Victoria, All rights reserved Worldwide

Author's Bio: 

Joanne Victoria, co-founder of Gemma & Bixley and a Professional Business Intuitive, has been a business practitioner for over 25 years as a Real Estate Broker/Owner, CFO of an investment company, CFO and Sales & Marketing Director of a home-building company and CEO of her former business, New Directions. Joanne provides insights into Big Picture outcomes for clients and offers action steps essential to make dreams come alive.

Victoria guided numerous organizations from insecure financial circumstances to increased levels of success.

Joanne is the author of 5 books including: Vision With a Capital V- Create the Business of Your Dreams, Lighting Your Path-How To Create the Life You Want, How To Achieve Your Dream Business and Pushy For a Moment-Instant Solutions to Everyday Challenges.

Joanne’s observations on what people can do to succeed have been reported in the San Francisco Chronicle, national Business Journals, Success Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Marie Claire magazine and national television and radio programs.

Joanne‘s ability to see the big picture allows her to leap over logic presented by circumstances and individuals. Joanne’s philosophy cultivates methods for identifying commanding life choices, then trusting those choices to promote growth.

What people are saying:

“For good advice, common sense approaches and all-around good stuff that translates to profits and sanity (at the same time!), call Joanne Victoria. It doesn’t even matter what business you’re in — she’s that good, giving more than you might expect. That’s rare these days.” Rhoann Ponseti, Owner, Ponseti & Partners, Modern Marketing

“Joanne is not afraid of the truth and provides information in an open way, inviting you to choose what works for yourself. She is clear and motivated to help people pursue personal excellence and higher power.” -P. Roseanne Hughes, VP, First Bank and Trust

“I can honestly state that my business and I would not be in our current position as leaders in the Integrated Medicine movement if it were not for your vision and expertise. Thank you, Joanne.” -Elson M. Haas, MD, Author, “Staying Healthy with Nutrition