Today's horoscopes - 17 Aug 2017
by Russell Grant
Expecting too much from others puts strain on your relationships. You're the type who is happy to go above and beyond the call of duty. Few people share your 'Can Do' spirit. If your best friend, romantic partner or business partner continually falls short of your desires, have an honest talk. Explain how you feel when you are always giving without receiving anything in return. Unless you see some changes in this relationship, you may prefer going solo. You're tired of being short changed.
Pushing your work onto others will create great resentment at work. This isn't the time to slack off on your duties. While it's true you're one of the most capable people in the organisation, that isn't a good enough excuse to neglect your duties. If you're overwhelmed with responsibilities, talk to your boss. Explain you are no longer to do the work of two people for one salary. Ask for either more money or a reduced case load. Be direct; don't resort to passive aggressive behaviour.
Resist the temptation to take an emotional or financial risk. Your perceptions are clouded. Someone who appears to have a crush on you has ulterior motives. A seemingly sure investment is not as sound as it looks. You're better off maintaining the status quo. Don't worry; you'll be able to explore unfamiliar territory later, when circumstances improve. Right now, it's better to count your blessings and be content with what you have. You're in a much better situation than most other people.
Family members have been overly reliant on you. It's time to stop covering the expenses of someone who can earn their own living. It doesn't matter whether this means issuing an ultimatum to an adult, a youngster or an unemployed relative. Turn a deaf ear to anyone who says you are cruel. You have a right to use your earnings for personal expenses. After shedding this excess baggage, you'll be able to indulge your sensual side. Buy yourself some nice clothes, book a relaxing holiday or visit a posh salon.
Reckless behaviour will result in an accident. It's important to protect yourself with safety equipment. Resist the temptation to take shortcuts when working with dangerous equipment. A time-consuming job will take even longer if you have to visit the hospital. Slow and steady wins the race. If you're the victim of a traffic jam or technical breakdown, stay calm. Trying to rush things will only make a stressful situation worse. The powers-that-be will give you an extension if you ask for one.
Getting into debt is more trouble than it is worth. Stop telling yourself you can't be happy without certain possessions. You've been blessed with keen intelligence. As long as you're learning and studying, you will enjoy life. Take a look at the seemingly affluent people around you. Are they truly content? There's a chance that their impressive lifestyle is a smokescreen for anxiety. If you truly want to make more money, you'll find a job that will allow you to live high on the hog. Until then, be resourceful.
Don't overestimate your importance at work. Demanding special treatment will make your employer resentful. If you want a bigger salary, additional annual leave or an extra perk you must earn it. Putting in extra time and effort is the only way to impress the people you work with and for. While you're getting in their good graces, you should behave like everyone else. Wait in line and work within the constraints imposed on everyone else. If you think you can get a better job, apply for it. In the meantime, modesty is the best policy.
It's important to acknowledge your part of a problem. Ignoring toxic tendencies at work makes you complicit. Unless you're willing to file an official complaint, you will have to accept the blame for professional failures. While it suits your purposes to work for an unobservant or incompetent manager, this will eventually result in a job loss. Be honest when your employer asks what you think of this supervisor. If you're unwilling to get anyone in trouble, start looking for a healthier place to work.
Forming friendships out of desire for personal gain will backfire. You're too honest to put on an act. Pretending to like someone you secretly despise will offend your conscience. You don't have to be rude to those who rub you up the wrong way, but you shouldn't feign affection. If you've been spending time with a group of people who have been revealed to be rather small minded, break away from them. You always fare best with people who share your love of diversity, compassion and intelligence.
Taking the credit for a professional coup will undermine your reputation. Share the spoils of victory with your colleagues. Those around you are fully aware of the part you have played. They know your leadership ability has cultivated an unusual level of success. Presenting yourself as a team player will cause your star to rise even higher. Nobody likes an egomaniac. Part of your job is getting along with others. This will be much easier when you express gratitude to those who make your job easier in small, hidden ways.
Narrow minded beliefs are interfering with work. Although you strongly disagree with your colleagues about religion, culture and politics, you should keep these views to yourself. You're not getting paid to advance a cause; you're expected to perform your duties. If someone keeps baiting you with offensive remarks, file an official complaint. Is it completely intolerable to be immersed in this atmosphere? You owe it to yourself to find a more congenial professional environment. Launch a job search as soon as possible.
Arguments over a tax bill or inheritance will upset your equilibrium. It's hard to relax when there is so much acrimony in your inner circle. In the past, you were willing to ignore a loved one's selfish behaviour. That's no longer an option. Instead of paying more than your fair share or accepting less than what was promised, fight for your rights. It may be necessary to hire a legal professional. Having a skilled expert in your corner will make all the difference between failure and success.
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