Today's horoscopes - 22 Feb 2018
by Russell Grant
You want to help others, but you're struggling with your own difficulties. The next time someone seeks your assistance, politely turn them away. Important career matters demand your attention. Preparing for a job interview or giving a presentation should be your focus. After you've cleared this hurdle, do something nice for yourself. Constantly putting your needs aside for the sake of your nearest and dearest is creating burnout. Don't feel guilty about catering to your needs. If you don't, nobody else will.
Stop feeling so intimidated by the competition. You're much more talented than you realise. The sooner you start celebrating your own accomplishments, the more successful you will become. The prospect of getting an advanced degree or publishing a book is beckoning. Don't turn away from this intimidating opportunity. Accepting this challenge will help you fulfil your potential. Maintaining the status quo will keep you trapped in the current situation. Even if you fall short of your goal, you will have gained the courage to try again.
You've been working very hard. This has caused you to neglect your friends. Skipping parties and celebrations has driven a wedge between you and your loved ones. It's time to remedy the situation. Reach out to someone who has always been there for you. Offer a sincere apology for your behaviour and ask for forgiveness. It may take a few tries to get back into their good graces. Be patient and persistent. Let this be a lesson about striking a better balance between your personal and professional lives.
Resist the temptation to run up a lot of debt. The next time you are tempted to go shopping, reach out to your best friend or romantic partner instead. Talk about your frustrations. If you regret some decisions you made when you were younger, vow to make a fresh start. Take and use the power of the present moment. The same opportunities won't be available to you now, but similar ones can be pursued. Adjust your focus and make a new plan.
Don't put too much stock on someone's high status. Just because a person has an impressive job title doesn't mean they are worth your time. You will fare much better by surrounding yourself with kind individuals. Friends who share your generous nature can be depended upon during times of trial. They may not throw very glamorous parties, but you'll always enjoy their company. There are more important things in life than being seen with fashionable elitists. Choose substance over style.
You realise you don't have the knowledge or experience to perform a task well. It's time to hire an expert. The best way to find someone who is suited to your needs is to ask for recommendations. Don't be fooled by glossy advertisements and posh awards. A trusted friend knows exactly the person who can help you. After having a preliminary meeting, you'll be confident about giving them this important job. At that point, you can turn your attention to more gratifying tasks.
You're envious about a friend's prosperity. It's important to know the Universe is an endless source of bounty. Just because someone is wealthy doesn't mean you cannot be. Do your best to celebrate your loved one's good fortune. Then begin to make gratitude lists. Write down five blessings in a special notebook every day. This will make you more aware of the good fortune you already enjoy, but often ignore. At that point, more abundance will pour into your life.
You have a knack for making others feel important. That's why it's critical for you to know the difference between appreciative friends and malignant narcissists. The former will return your love and affection, while the latter will demand more without giving anything in return. Anyone who expects you to stroke their ego isn't really your friend. If you have a few emotional vampires in your life, it's time to set them free. Getting out of their orbit will be a breath of fresh air.
Surrounding yourself with people who need rescuing is draining. You're tired of coming to everyone's rescue. Build a social network of accomplished individuals. At times, you will feel inadequate in their company. This will slowly change when you get positive feedback from these friends. Those who don't have their act together can't fully appreciate your abilities. They're too wrapped up in their own problems to notice anyone else. That's one of the reasons you feel so lonely, even though you have lots of friends.
Don't put too much emphasis on friends' opinions. If you want to venture in a new direction, get started. Resist the temptation to ask your loved ones what they think of your plan. The last thing you want is to have your enthusiasm undermined by an overly cautious person. Although you have many things in common with your nearest and dearest, you do have some distinct needs. Having an outlet for your creative talent is critical to your wellbeing.
You've become overconfident. If you're going to reach a career goal, it is important to get additional training. Don't think you can charm your way into a promotion. Even if you do land an exalted position on the strength of good interviews, it will be impossible to hold on to it. You must gain more knowledge and experience to succeed. Put your immediate plans on hold while you earn an advanced degree or work as an apprentice. Slow and steady wins the race.
Although you have a good grasp of a subject, there is still more to learn. Don't be quick to turn away help from a newcomer, especially if they are much younger. Age has no bearing on a person's expertise. By studying alongside a colleague, you will acquire marketable skills. In return, you'll show them some techniques that they wouldn't learn under different circumstances. It's a win-win situation, so embrace it. Acting high handed will only turn a potential ally into a sworn enemy.
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