How to Get Your Ex Back

How to Get Your Ex Back? Do What My Paying Clients Do!

This guide shows you how to get your ex back.

Whether you’re:

  • A guy who wants his ex back, or…
  • A girl who wants HER ex back
  • Gay or straight!
  • Young, old, married or otherwise…

Read on to learn how to get your ex back (and keep them permanently.)

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How to Get Your Ex Back ↓

I’m confident you can get your ex back because:

  1. I’m showing you the same proven plan my private clients use to get their ex back;
  2. This guide is specifically designed to give you the best chance to get your ex back;
  3. This guide helps you stay together and thrive by not using tricks, dubious tactics, or outright lies (that backfire!)

Let’s begin!

Step Back from Your Ex

Start by taking a pause and stepping back.

Yes, get your ex back by leaving your ex alone!

Do not call or text your ex no matter how much you want to.

This extends to social media as well (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and so on.)

Post nothing online. The more private you are now, the less potential for regret later on.

Pro tip: Consider what your ex may think of you based on what you DO share online.

What message do you want to send?

Don’t let your ex see you as weak and miserable without them. It can be unattractive. And in some cases push them further away.

A Strategic Break Gives Both Space to Process What Happened

Space creates opportunity for both to arrive at a fresh perspective. And makes your next step easier.

Clarity helps you see the personal problems holding you back (pushing your partner away).

Often the key to getting your ex back is right in front of you.

But you need space to see it.

Did you know?

Amid the drama, you won’t have the eyes to see what is right in front of you.

A breakup kills composure and composure is an advantage in any conflict.

Ignoring this advice explains why many take two steps back for every one step forward.

When to Give Space?

Immediately following the breakup or after a high-drama clash.


Children. If you have kids together, moderate the space you give so you still fulfil your parental duties. Important!

And if you live together, maintain your household responsibilities.

As a rule? Retreat where you can, but attend to what is important.

How to get your ex back fast?

If your breakup was rash and your ex didn’t want to break up (no prior plan to) then those kind of situations can be fast to resolve.

Some arguments get out of hand and neither wants to “back down.” If so, your situation could be resolved quickly by putting ego aside and saying, “sorry, can we talk?”

Give a small break —a day or two— and tell your ex you love them and you were silly. If your ex didn’t want to break up? They will meet you halfway.

Is this “No Contact?”

Yes and no.

This is about utilizing distance to bring you and your ex closer together at a later date.

A break from contact is smart when your ex is angry or feels crowded. It is a respectful gesture, even. And healthy for you in turn.

Summary: least said, soonest mended. Take a strategic pause from your ex.

Get Yourself Back Before Your Ex

Man enjoying alone time

How to get your ex back? Start by getting yourself back…

The route back to the relationship you want to save requires fixing the relationship you have with yourself.

It’s all relative of course. But if you are a mess, it is harder make the right moves.

This means working toward —and maintaining— a relatively stable heart and mind.

Post-breakup we hit rock bottom. Always. And rejection is supposed to hurt. It’s biology.

So that’s where we start from. But that’s not where we stay.

Use the time apart to put yourself together.

Be with friends. Even when you don’t feel like it. Beats being alone.

Sometimes when we’re alone, we are in bad company. Develop awareness to know when it is better to be with friends.

Strive to feel mostly OK (or more so than not.)

From there you may even reach “good” or even happy sometimes.

Don’t let your ex think you only want to get back together again because you “need them to be happy and sane.”

Coping with the way things already are gives you an important advantage in getting things the way you want them to be.

Be patient. Pain subsides. And you will feel better. Have a “we’ll see” attitude.

Yes, the journey begins rough. But the road gets smoother. You just need to keep moving forward.

Oh, and improving your esteem, appearance (hi gym!), and communication skills won’t hurt. Whatever makes you more attractive makes you easier to come back to.

Who are you really? A Oscar Wilde quote

This is the ideal time to rediscover what makes you uniquely you. And embrace your individuality.

Only after you get yourself together do you express your preference for a second chance.

It rarely works the other way around!

Many clients expressed regret for neglecting this step. In particular, the ugly trio of neediness, insecurity, and desperation have ruined more chances of recovery than anything else.

Overlook this phase and your odds of success drops dramatically.

Get yourself back: sign reads be the light

Summary: my best results with clients always follow a self-improvement plan. Plus, it helps if your ex can see what they are missing —“oh, you’ve changed…”— rather than what they ran from.

Make it harder for them to stay your ex!

Your Ex, Your Choice

Person is sat facing two different directions

Before you go back into the relationship, make sure you want to!

Before planning how to get back with your ex, determine the VALUE of the relationship you’re looking to save.

Is it worth saving?

Explore reasons for and against your relationship.

Of course, making an unbiased appraisal of your compatibility is a tall order…

Which is why we wait until your mind is clear before trying!

Have a crystal clear vision of what you are fighting for, and why. It gives you a key advantage through the tough times ahead.

Questions to Ask Yourself ↓

  1. Do you and your ex have something worth saving found in the other which you can build a happy future on?;
  2. Did you add value to your ex (rather than take it away?)
  3. Can you and your ex work out the differences, or manage the differences that lead to the breakup?

What often happens during a relationship is one or both transition in ways that set the two of you on a diverging path.

Three obvious transitions in life are:

  1. Career — did your ex change job or get promoted or demoted in any way which affected their happiness or ability to sustain the relationship?;
  2. Marriage — it can be different to what we expect or hope for, and become a catalyst for separation (one of those things some regret, more so for women);
  3. Children — talk about a complexifier!

There are many possible causes for a relationship straining transition to occur.

It’s also common to date someone who was never compatible with us in the first place. Who we secretly hoped to change in time.

If you get back with your ex with unaligned hopes and dreams, you will be miserable together, and on your way to another breakup.

Some ex’s make better ex’s than current partners!

For example, if your partner was abusive or you made their life worse in ways you can not change, then reconsider your goal to be together again.

If you decide your relationship is better off left in the past? Leave it there.

But if you feel your ex is worth fighting for?

You can proceed with gusto.

Summary: be sure you know what you are getting back. Is it going to work? Is it going to make your ex (and yourself) happy?

Progressive Contact with Your Ex

Get your ex back progressively! Green traffic light with image of couple together

You’re now ready to navigate the mini-phases of contact with your ex.

The trick? Start with the smallest step which aligns with where your ex is right now.

You must ensure your contact efforts —what you say and when— “makes sense” from your ex’s perspective. And triggers minimal reactance (resistance to hearing from you.)

This also applies to long distance relationships. Distance is irrelevent.

Whenever you contact your ex, pick words —and topics— that will soften the negative emotions.

You must diffuse the negative while making space for the positive emotions to breathe.

Don’t fight against your ex. Respect their boundaries. And watch what happens.

Each time you contact and interact together, your goal is to increase the good feelings your ex has for you.

Contact Your Ex

Send a text message to start with. This is less invasive than a phone call, video call, or meeting face-to-face.

Optional: a hand written letter. More personal. And potentially more meaningful than any digital medium.

Email works, too.

What would your ex appreciate more?

Follow the Mood of Your Ex

Match the context of your situation and what happened —the reason— leading to the breakup.

The secret to get your ex to listen, engage, and love you lies in having sensitivity to what they are going through.

By the way? If you did something hurtful, putting appropriate energy into a good apology is the kind of action that aligns with where your ex is at.

Make sense?

Do not expect your ex to feel good emotions about you while you remain “the enemy” in their eyes!

Always act according to the context of your situation.

The specifics depend on the details between you and your ex.

Study this image to see why jumping ahead is a bad idea:

Diagram showing how small steps can lead to a favourable outcome with a partner

Your goal is to get him or her closer to saying yes by gradually warming them toward you through intelligent steps.

Remove the blockages. They stop the flow of love, respect, and attraction.

This is about raising your chances before you try your “luck.”

When you eventually make a move, you’ll have already laid the groundwork to maximize your success.

Do what you must so your ex will be open to conversation.

It requires sensitivity and courage to build bridges and make amends.

Meetup with Your Ex

When your ex is receptive and friendly (and it’s not a one-off) you should ask to grab coffee with them for twenty minutes.

This is a friendly meetup to demonstrate your relaxed and happy demeanour.

Quick catchups show confidence and acceptance of the situation.

For long distance relationships? Consider creative ways to escalate the connection (Skype or FaceTime…)

Build Attraction and Trust

Have a few short and friendly meetups. These deepen the connection and relax your ex.

Each time you meet, your ex gets to see the positive changes in your behaviour.

Take advantage!

If your ex is happy to keep seeing you then increase the time you spend together.

Tip: Do not treat these hangouts as dates! You are just two people enjoying time together.

Just Friends with Your Ex?

Your ex might label you as “friend.”

Don’t worry. It’s a label of convenience.

Even if your ex says they’re not looking for a relationship?

Don’t believe everything you hear.

Humans lie.

Everyone does.

Especially to themselves…

(I’ve seen enough “no way’s” change to “ok then!” to see that.)

After all, we are all choosing what to do based on how we feel at the time. Nothing more than that.

We’re as consistent as our feelings are!


Look at this quick picture I drew:

Friend-zone or dead-zone? This picture shows how friendship is a GOOD thing

Be in the green, not the red!

Reconciliation is a process. Not an event. And contains many steps.

To get your ex back, play the long game…

Take your time. Allow your ex to reach a “maybe.”

If you do that, your odds of getting a “yes” goes up.

Push for a decision too soon? When your ex is thinking no? Bad!.

What if Your Ex is Dating?

If your ex is dating and having sex you should hold back on asking them to commit. But you can still build a shared connection. And you should!

It is better to stay friendly while your ex is dating. It’s likely your ex is in a rebound relationship (which do not last long.) And the other girl or guy will feel threatened or jealous of your ex keeping in contact with you.

Play it cool and this new guy/girl may try to prevent contact entirely. Your ex will find that controlling and needy. A turn-off…

Be the one not exerting control and you will come out on top.

Summary: Make your “next more” appropriate to where your ex is at emotionally and mentally. Start where they are not where YOU wish they are.

Ask to Get Back with Your Ex

By now you should have nurtured good-feelings with your ex.

You can now tell your ex what you want.

Text that encourages you to reconnect with your ex (says if not now, when?)

Ask to get back with your ex! Because this will be the next logical step.


But, what if your ex rejects you?

OK. If you’re not in the know, you might think getting declined by your ex is the end of the matter.

But not so fast!

Taking score too soon can give you the wrong score entirely.

We rarely go from no-to-yes without a maybe in-between.

Get a no? Remember that!

Learning how to get your ex back includes learning how humans work.

A few rejections is normal.

If it does not happen overnight for you? Maybe it will happen on a different night…

Patience is important.

You’ll know this truism:

Your ex must not be rushed to make a decision.

It also applies to you. Don’t rush to draw conclusions about what your ex says.

OK. So what if you’re successful?…

Build a New Relationship

Getting a YES means you get to build a new relationship and fall in love again.

Building a better relationship together!

This is an opportunity to learn from the past. To implement safeguards to avoid falling into old destructive patterns and habits.

It’s easy to resume old ways and settle into well-worn grooves. Grooves that guide you to a future breakup.

Don’t settle!

Take it slow. But raise your game.

Get better at spotting warning signs and defusing drama early on. Cutout the relationship rot whenever you find it.

Don’t let resentment live unchallenged.

And, remember how successful couples have three healthy relationships:

  1. The relationship with yourself;
  2. The relationship they have with themselves;
  3. The relationship you create together.

Nurture all three to enjoy a fulfilling and healthy relationship for the long term.

How to Get Your Ex Back: Conclusion

To reach your destination know where you’re starting from.

Here’s the six steps to get your ex back:

  1. Pause, cease contact, and step back from your ex;
  2. Get yourself back before your ex;
  3. Evaluate your options;
  4. Progressive contact with your ex;
  5. Ask to get back with your ex;
  6. Build a new relationship.

It’s difficult to make progress if you skip steps or start from the wrong step.

Get it right and you can get your ex back starting today!

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