How to Save Your Marriage in 7 Simple Steps

how to save your marriage in 7 simple steps imageThe proceeding 7 simple steps to saving your marriage are pulled directly from my book, “The Divorce Remedy.”  I’ve summarized the points to help get the wheels turning in your efforts to save your marriage.

Step#1- Start with a Beginner’s Mind

Buddhists believe that people should approach their lives with a beginner’s mind because in a beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in an expert’s mind, there are but a few. To be a creative problem-solver, it is essential that you empty out your expert mind about love and marriage because it will only blind you to possibilities.

Step #2- Know What You Want

Successful people know that having a vision of your desired outcome is the most essential step to making positive changes. Write down your relationship goals. Make sure your goals are positively stated- requests rather than complaints, action-oriented-“When you make eye contact, I feel that you’re listening,” and broken down into small, do-able steps- things you can accomplish in a week or so.

Step #3- Ask for What you Want

Once you identify your goals, lovingly ask for what you want. Complaining or nagging doesn’t count. Neither does defending yourself. Just calmly state your request. Your spouse may not be listening, so proceed to the next step.

Step #4- Determine Your More of the Same

Do you have arguments where you say and do the same things every time the disagreement pops up? You’ve got to quit doing more of the same. Even if you think you’re right, you’re not solving anything and you’re bringing out the worst in your spouse.

Step #5- Experiment and Observe

If what you’re doing isn’t working, DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT! Anything different will kick your marriage out of automatic pilot and yield a new and better response from your spouse. Experiment by doing something you’ve never done before and closely watch your spouse’s reaction.

Step #6- Take Stock

See how far you’ve come. Ask yourself, “ On a 1 to 10 scale, how would you rate your marriage prior to using The Divorce Remedy?” “Where on the scale would you say you are right now?” “Are you satisfied?” “If not, where on the scale would you need to be in order to feel satisfied?” “What might be one or two things you could do that would bring my marriage up a half step on that scale?”

Step #7- Keep It Up

If things are better, it’s not due to magic. You took some very specific actions to achieve those goals. If you want to maintain your changes, you have to keep doing what has been working. Make a list of what you’re doing that works and make sure you keep it up!

Michele Weiner Davis is the creator of the Divorce Busting Centers, learn more on how you can solve marriage problems and stop divorce and recover from infidelity. Follow me on Twitter @divorcebusting, add my Divorce Busting Facebook Page, and subscribe to the Divorce Busting YouTube Videos for more advice and upcoming marriage saving events.

About mwd27

Michele Weiner-Davis, MSW is an internationally renowned relationship expert, best-selling author, marriage therapist, and professional speaker who specializes in helping people change their lives and improve important relationships. Among the first in her field to courageously speak out about the pitfalls of unnecessary divorce, Michele has been active in spearheading the now popular movement urging couples to make their marriages work and keep their families together. She is the author of seven books including her best-selling books, DIVORCE BUSTING: A Step-by-Step Approach to Making Your Marriage Loving Again, and THE SEX-STARVED MARRIAGE: A Couple's Guide to Boosting Their Marriage Libido. Michele's work has been featured in major newspapers such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, and magazines such as Time, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Essence, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Woman's Day, Men's Health, New Woman, and McCall's. Michele is a marriage expert on Redbook's advisory board, and She has made countless media appearances on shows such as Oprah, 48 Hours, 20/20, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, CBS Evening News, CNN, and Bill O'Reilly. Michele's Keeping Love Alive program aired on PBS stations nationwide. She recently completed a reality based show for the BBC about helping couples save their marriages. Michele maintains that her true expertise in helping couples have great relationships is derived from first-hand experience. She and her husband have been married for more than thirty years.
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  • StevenJames3423

    Buddhists believe that the celibate, monastic life is the highest path a human being can travel and contains the key to breaking out of the endless cycles of rebirth caused by attachment to both pleasure and pain.nnIf Buddhism holds the key to human happiness, then marriage is a distraction on the path to Nirvana. So, if you are married, get divorced and then get thee to a monastery.nnIt really is that simple.

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