Is your relationship worth saving? Have you been wrestling over The Clash’s epic line, “Should I stay or should I go?” Yes, this indecision is bugging you! The waffling back and forth, the feeling of uncertainty is the worst. You don’t want to regret you want to be 100% confident that breaking up (or staying) is the right decision. In my over 30 years of working with couples, I’ve identified a five-step process you should be thinking about first if you’re wondering whether you should stay or go.
These five steps will help you create a new way of thinking and being in your relationship so you can move forward with confident, clear decisions and no regrets, no matter which way you ultimately choose to go.
Step 1: You have to make a full commitment
Your partner doesn’t hear what you say, they hear what you mean.
Step 2: Re-program Your RAS
If you really want to find peace, happiness and connection in your relationship, you need to shift what you’re focusing on and be conscious of the orders you’re giving to your RAS. You can do this by writing down one thing you appreciate about your partner every day or do one random act of kindness for your partner every day for the next week.
Step 3: The one in the most pain needs to change first
If you’re waiting for your partner to change, so you’ll change, it’s not going to work.
Step 4: Make room to really work on the relationship
You’re going to need to make both physical and emotional room in your life to work on your relationship and make it a priority.
Step 5: Work on Yourself Individually and Stay Curious About Your Partner
Doing the work on yourself is a biggie. And, at the same time, stay curious and open with your partner.