Question: Can you clarify what you mean by “start over with your ex?” Are there any specific steps that I need to follow to start afresh with my ex?
A short background on your relationship. My ex and I were together for 4 years. We’ve broken up several times, but always found ourselves back with the other. I have no doubt she loves me, and I love her very much. My concern is that we have tried to make the relationship work so many times already, and it doesn’t work. What is the guarantee it will work this time round? Btw, she feels the same way.
Yangki’s Answer: What you have been doing with your ex is a “do-over”. A do-over means you are the same old people trying to inject life into the same old relationship that failed.
To start over with your ex in a fresh new relationship, follow these 3 steps to make sure you don’t go back to just re-doing the old relationship.
1. Accept that the old relationship is over. Gone. Dead
Go through the loss and grief process together or separately, as you decide and is acceptable to the other. In my experience, couples who go through the grief experience together, have a better chance of working things out. It may not be possible in some relationships to talk about what happened, and if so, grieve the old relationship on your own.
The most important thing is that you get over the old relationship so that you can start with your ex in a fresh new relationship,
2. Start dating your ex again, like when you first met
Like you, the biggest mistake most men and women who still love each other make is get back together right after a break-up. They mistakenly assume that because the feelings of love are still there and still strong, they can make it work. Most don’t do a postmortem on the relationship, don’t try to change anything and some don’t even talk about what happened. They just get back together and continue from where they ended.
Others fail to get their ex back because they try to get back together in the very first few weeks of contact. They get so excited that the other person is responding and mistakenly assume that means he or she wants to get back together.
To start over with your ex in a fresh new relationship, start by dating each other like two new people meeting and getting to know each other for the first time. This why my book is called “Dating Your Ex” and not “Get Your Ex Back”. It’s the same person you dated before, only now you are starting a new relationship.
3. Bring something new you to the new relationship
For it t be a real a real new beginning of a new relationship, your ex has to see, feel and think something is different, something is new.
You can only start over with your ex in a fresh new relationship when you are a “new you”; an improved version of yourself with something new to bring to the relationship. You also have to have an increased awareness while working to produce different results. The necessary ingredients are awareness, focus, action, consistency and persistence.
If you’ve honestly changed — become a better version of yourself, acquired new beliefs, habits, interests, relationship skills and tools – and behave like a better version of yourself, there is NO WAY you can have the same relationship again. No way!
Changing one aspect of the equation (YOU) changes the outcome. It’s simple math.
Anything else is a do-over… and you know where that will get you…same results!