Valid during many months: This time is usually characterized by self-
confidence and assurance. You are able to see where you are going now and
to obtain help in getting there. At the same time you are very concerned
with knowing yourself on a deep inward level, usually to facilitate
achieving your ambition.
This is a time when you try to rely primarily on yourself. You will not
refuse help from others, but it is more desirable to go it alone or at
least on your own. You need to prove yourself to yourself and, to a lesser
extent, to others. It is also necessary to establish patterns in your life
now that will lead to accomplishment later on. If you are still active in
your profession, you must develop disciplined work habits and learn
specific ways to deal with situations that arise. Here too you must rely
on yourself, because you will be able to judge your effectiveness only if
you know that what you are doing is entirely your own.
Most people are rather conservative in their ways of doing things at this
time. You may be rather reluctant to experiment with new ways, but that is
a pitfall. This should be a time for making careful and considered
changes. Such changes can be made voluntarily and without much difficulty
now, but later they will be forced upon you in a manner that may be quite
unpleasant. Getting into a rut now will ensure the survival of
inappropriate behavior patterns, which will create trouble later on.
You should specifically examine your attitudes toward authority figures,
work and achievement, responsibility, change and most important, although
somewhat abstract, your attitude toward reality. If you are trying to live
by attitudes that you have been told to have and that are not really yours,
you will feel tense and uneasy when you think about them. Normally you
suppress these feelings because you consider it important to maintain your
attitudes. But these are the attitudes that have to be changed, because
they signify that your thinking is divided about that issue and that you
cannot really put energy into making that part of your life work.