I spent yesterday doing more mapping work and more plotting and I showed my work to a colleague who had this to say..."plotting is like chess, you can only ever see a few moves ahead."
Well I gotta tell ya, the light bulb went off! Of course, I can't know every single element of my novel, there are too many wonderful variables and considerations to take into account. Not to mention that one of my characters might surprise me, as has happened in the past. In fact, just the other day, a man from my protagonists past resurfaced and another might have even risen from the dead! And if I had chained myself to my plot points, I may have missed it.
So for the next few chapters I am only going to try and think a few moves ahead, and trust that when I make those moves, the next steps will be clear.