I often hear people talk about how the Universe is “testing them.” They see a certain situation and assume that the Universe is putting up some kind of block or challenge to make their lives more difficult.
Today I’d like to explore what these “tests” actually are… hint: they’re not “tests” at all, but “opportunities.”
Crossing New Thresholds
As an entrepreneur, you’re continually growing, reaching new milestones and crossing new thresholds. When you make a statement like, “I’m going to focus on Type A clients because they’re a better fit for me,” the things that are in the way of that happening must come up. They have to make themselves present in your space in order to be cleared so you can take the next step.
My business coach often says that when you plant a seed and the seed starts to grow, the first thing you see coming up isn’t the plant. It’s the dirt being pushed out of the way. In the same way, when you’re getting ready to cross a new threshold, the junk has to come up first so you can clear the path.
Another thing that may happen is that as soon as you declare you want to work with Type A clients, you become inundated with Type B clients! Suddenly, three unexpected calls come in from Type B clients and you aren’t sure what to do.
Often people say that they’re being tested by the Universe to see if they’re really serious about their commitment.
This isn’t a test. You’re being given the opportunity to say “no” to the Type B clients and experience yourself as someone who only works with Type A clients. It’s not a test, it’s a gift.
Understanding vs. Experiencing
When situations like this come up, the Universe is giving you a chance to put your thoughts (“I want to work with Type A clients”) into real-life situations where you actually have the experience of saying “no” to Type B clients.
When this happens, you get to stand in the energy of the experience. There’s so much POWER in the practice of saying “no” when something isn’t the right fit anymore.
You get to stand in the space and have that experience so that the next time you are faced with a decision, you have even more conviction to say, “Oh, I remember how this is. It’s going to feel so good when I follow through with what’s right for me.”
Change Your Mind
If you choose to see these situations as tests, you’re creating a scenario where there is a right and a wrong answer. You have created the possibility of failure. It feels difficult and it feels like drudgery.
You’re creating struggle.
When you can choose to see it as an opportunity, there is no right or wrong. It’s open. There’s no passing or failing, just the experience of whatever you choose.
Where can you reframe your thoughts to see a “test” as an opportunity? I would love to hear your ideas on this. Please leave a comment in the area below.