Did you ever notice that just when it's time to take a huge step forward, something comes along that sets us back, opens old wounds, or shakes our confidence? It's only the Universe testing our commitment, clearing out the cobwebs, getting us ready for the magical leap that's about to take place.
Recently, I experienced just such a rock in the road when I chose a family commitment over a financial gain. I think I must have insulted the Universe because all the "mishaps" that took place immediately following my decision were too many to go unnoticed: huge car bills, a short escrow resulting in a higher monthly mortgage payment, dental bills following a freakish accident in the F1 storm we had not long ago.
I had to claim my choice and make peace with the Universe. Family over finances. Once I made the claim to my choice, life settled down and it was clear that I made the right choice.
Sometimes, you've just got to claim it. Was I tested? Yes. Was my confidence shaken? Oh yeah. Now, I'm making that magical leap and know in my heart that everything will be just fine.