Part of the reason we set ourselves up for difficulties is the memory of the pain you have gone through. You may have been threatened with losing money, losing employment, losing a house, or losing a relationship.
These issues have a lot of strong fear and other emotional content which sets a deep pattern. The pattern then calls on the memory of your history reminding you, “Remember when you suffered something similar… Well, watch out. This could happen again…This could be coming your way right now, so be very careful.”
So we use our own history to validate an imagined threat when there isn’t even a threat. But by virtue of acknowledging the possibility of something that could be threatening, you set yourself up to manifest a threat because we live in a mirror universe that reflects back to us what we hold in our consciousness.