Make no mistake about it, trying to get your ex back is a difficult undertaking. It may even be one of the most difficult things you’ll ever do.
At any time in the process things can quickly fall apart for any number of reasons. Something might be misunderstood. Egos may clash. Something or someone from the past may show up. And sometimes you find that you have “new problems” you didn’t have before the break-up.
Any of these things can slow down momentum, disrupt the connection you have painstakingly built, or completely derail the process.
When this happens, it feels like you’ll never be able to get back your ex, and all your efforts are a waste of time.
Here are three very simple but powerful steps for dealing with setbacks that could potentially undo the progress you’ve made, and worse, force you to give up your dream of getting back your ex.
1. Tell yourself that setbacks happen. They are a part of the process, and some of them are unavoidable.
When working one-on-one, I discuss with my clients some of the setbacks to expect because I believe that most setbacks are not as crippling when you have an idea it’s coming and have prepared for its possibility.
This is not about getting all negative, pessimistic and carrying a “What. Ever!” attitude. This is about accepting that sometimes you’ll make mistakes, sometimes you’ll meet resistance from your ex, and sometimes things just happen for no reason at all, but it’s how you handle them that will determine whether you succeed or fail.
2. Take a step back and ask yourself if it’s really as bad as you’re making it out to be.
When we are highly emotional, everything always seems much worse than it really is. Even things that are not related have some kind of “connection” or “meaning”. But we don’t just exaggerate the severity of the situation, we react to it as if it’s real. Next thing you know, things have gone from bad to worse.
Stepping back to re-evaluate how you are looking at the situation helps you maintain perspective. You may find that that what seems like the mistake that is going to change the course of everything is just a lesson to be learned from, and an opportunity to move things forward.
3. Make a conscious decision to keep moving forward.
Many of the setbacks you’ll encounter trying to get back your ex are temporary, as long as you don’t panic and act needy or start unnecessary drama, and make things worse.
Do not get scared and run away from the situation. If you made a mistake, apologize and learn from the experience. What could you have done differently to avoid this? How will you handle things differently if it happens again?
If it’s resistance from your ex, try to figure out where it’s coming from and address it directly. Sometimes, what is required to get things back on track is an open, honest, calm, and respectful conversation. You may find that your ex’s resistance is a result of a misunderstanding, mistrust or suspicion.
The only thing that is important is the next step. As long as you’re focused on the goal and figuring out what the next step is, you will keep moving things forward, even if it’s just one small step forward.