How to Save and Fix a Broken Marriage

(even if my wife doesn't want to)

The Step-by-Step Manual to a Successful Marriage

How You Got Here

These are the many different subject lines husbands use when they contact us at The Bulletproof Husband about how to save their marriage (yes, we actually tracked these):

"how to fix a broken marriage" "how to repair my marriage" "how to fix a relationship"
"i want to fix my marriage" "how to save a broken marriage" "how can i fix my marriage"
"fixing your marriage" "how do i fix my marriage" "repairing a marriage"
"fix marriage problems" "how do i save my marriage" "how to fix relationship"
"how to repair marriage" "how to keep my wife" "fixing my marriage"
"how can i save my marriage" "how to save my marriage" "how to fix a bad marriage"
"how to fix a marriage" "how to fix my marriage" "how to fix a relationship you ruined"

Regardless which of these popped up for you in your head, what you need to realize is that the ANSWER TO ALL OF THEM ARE EXACTLY THE SAME.

Let me explain.

The basic thing you need to understand first is the "psychology" of how a marriage breaks down.

Your wife doesn't wake up from Monday to Tuesday wanting a divorce, separation or affair.

On average, a wife gives at minimum 2 years of signals to the husband about the marriage not working. The probability that this is the same for you is 99%.

During these 2+ years, she is desperately trying to get your attention to fix the marriage issues with her.

However, all of it falls on deaf ears with broken promises and total ignorance from you.

While she is giving signals which you fail to see, her belief is that she is working on the marriage alone and you don't care at all.

After years of these escalating patterns of signal giving and her feeling suffocated more and more each day in the process, her heart starts to harden.

She becomes more masculine.

She becomes more direct.

She becomes less affectionate.

She becomes less responsible around the house, chores, and kids.

She starts to focus more on fulfilling her own needs.

She starts to be less and less around you.

She starts to withdraw intimacy.

Then you wake up one day and you get the "slap" from her:

  • I love you, but I am not in love with you
  • I want to separate
  • I want to divorce
  • I just want to be friends
  • I cheated on you
  • I am not happy anymore
  • I don't want to be around you

You are now shocked. You didn't see it coming at all. Totally caught you off guard.

Your world is shattered. Your hopes and dreams of "happily ever after" are crumbling.

Your confusion and lack of understanding what just happened is starting to raise your heart beat and this sense of disbelief takes over you along with temperature changes being felt throughout your body.

From here, in a state of panic you become a puppet.

You go into an overcompensation drive with total enablement of your wife sprinkled with begging and pleading fuelled by what feels like a never ending stream of guilt all with the hope to try to change her mind.

The more your guilt is fuelling these behaviors the worse everything gets. Not only you don't achieve the results you hoped for, it is now 10 fold worse.

This pisses you off and triggers you constantly.

Your guilt starts to turn into blame and finger pointing at your wife which results in arguments and passive-aggressive attacks.

Then you jump on the rollercoaster ride of constant flip between anger and guilt with the alternating associated behaviors of :

  • Justifying
  • Overexplaining
  • Defending
  • Needing to be right
  • Needing to be heard
  • Lashing out
  • Yelling
  • Blaming
  • Avoiding
  • Escaping
  • Overthinking
  • Fix it mode

Now, your marriage is worse than ever. It seems unrepairable.

There is nothing left in you.

You are stressed, exhausted and at a loss.

BUT you are still desperate and you just cannot accept this.

This is when a light bulb moment happens.

"I cannot do this alone. Clearly others must know how to solve it if I can't. Let's reach out for help."

So the research starts.

Google. Youtube. Books. Blogs. Friends. Family.

And here you are brother.

In the moment with me, Endre Gabori, Co-Founder of The Bulletproof Husband™.

Reading these exact lines while I just described your situation which probably has you thinking - how the hell does he know all this?

Well, 10,000+ marriages I get a pretty good idea what's going on for you.

What I also have a really good idea about is what you need to do next:

Click the Watch Now button and take the 45 minutes of completing our intro training (free) which every single one of the thousands of husbands who rebuilt their marriage watched.

This training alone is responsible for saving thousands of marriages. you can get on that path as well.

Faced with a rough patch in the marital union landscape is a common occurrence. But when such challenges end up as a crisis, it is important to know how to fix the bad marriage or how to save a broken marriage. The fix my marriage journey or the fix a broken marriage journey is one that calls for commitment, patience, and proper strategies.

Repair and Fix Broken Marriage
Embracing Honest Communication
Truly, open communication is the central element of any attempt to restore the married life. Couples should create a secure environment in which both partners are listened and appreciated. It is all about being open with your vulnerabilities and fears without being critical, which is essential in appreciating the magnitude of the problems that are being approached.

Committing to Mutual Growth
A marriage is a partnership, and mending it can only be a joint effort of two individuals, who should strive to achieve the common objectives. This could include, but it is not limited to, couples therapy, self-help books, or marital workshops. It’s about finding new approaches to bond and prop up each other no matter what.

Re-establishing Intimacy
Intimacy is not only physical but also emotional and spiritual. However, to “save a broken marriage,” the rekindling of this bond is vital. This is achieved by the couple spending quality time together, expressing affection, and remembering the reasons why they fell in love.

Finding Forgiveness
Past pain can be your marriage’s dead weight. To learn to forgive is not to forget; it is to choose to heal and not let the past control how happy you are in the future. Forgiveness is an important part of the “repair my marriage” procedure.

Taking Actionable Steps
Knowing the need to mend your marriage is the starting point, but doing is what leads to the change. Little but regular improvements can bring a huge difference. It can be a date night, a common hobby, or daily love affirmations, all these acts form the basis for an improved relationship.

Conclusion: A Renewal Journey
Do not forget that the action of “fix a bad marriage” or “fix a broken marriage” is a process not a race. There are failures and triumphs, but every forward step is a step towards a more powerful and stable union. Dedication and the ability to adjust allow couples to beat the odds and bring the love that united them back to life.

What You're Going to Learn


Presented by
Endre Gabori

Endre Gabori is the founder & CEO of the Bulletproof Husband™. He’s helped married men all over the world rebuild their marriage, while making sure that they do not compromise themselves in the process.

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Frequently Asked Questions

This is probably the most commonly used question husbands ask. If you are asking this also then it reveals so much about where you are in the areas of responsibility and ownership. First let’s establish that it is not the man’s fault. Both parties have their own respective responsibilities as to why the marriage is not working. However, pointing the finger and blaming the other will do no good to the children, the husband, the wife or the relationship. Second, somebody has to initiate the change. Either you or her. Now we have established prior to this FAQ section that she has been giving signals for 2+ years. So, naturally she is waiting for you to initiate the change because she is exhausted, suffocated and has nothing left.

Not only that the answer is yes to this question but we will go one step further. The only way to fix the marriage is to do it alone. The more you want her involved (especially in the beginning) the higher the probability of divorce. THE ONLY WAY TO FIX A MARRIAGE IS ALONE. To sustain a marriage, it requires both parties. However, to get the marriage to sustainability, it requires only one – YOU.

Through your leadership and transformation because you no longer tolerate the old version of yourself. Now, for this to happen you need to step into responsibility and ownership. These will allow you to see your bullets (insecurities) and your gaps. Then you implement tools and support structures consistently which she will notice pretty much immediately. She will not trust it at first, same way as you wouldn’t either if roles were reversed. However, with consistent demonstration of the new you, she will have no other choice but to trust it over time.

If your marriage is struggling and your wife gave you the slap, she is hurting. One of the consequences of that is turning her attention to herself in hopes of figuring out her identity which she lost while raising the children and not being emotionally fulfilled by you. This can result in her taking attention away from the kids and putting it on you. Very common phenomenon and the solution to it is very clear when the right tools are implemented by the husband.

The foundation of communication is PRESENCE. You must be fully present with your wife when communicating. Most men have several things in the way of being fully present:

  • Their bullets (insecurities)
  • Their distraction (incomplete things in their life)
  • Their emotional self sufficiency (lack thereof)
  • Their confidence (lack thereof)

Most men are codependent on their wife. They seek her approval and appreciation, rely on her to boost their confidence and have major insecurities which when the wife pushes, communication goes downhill. For a man to be a great communicator with his wife, he needs to have 2 things happen:

  1. Deal with the 4 bullet points above
  2. Learn effective communication tools like OEQs and HUAV (detailed in our membership)

It had to happen in this order to ensure effectiveness. Once a husband has covered these 2 steps, their communication and ability to open up their wife to share goes through the roof exponentially.

The simple answer is: by doing the things that work consistently over a long period of time. Let’s dissect this.

Doing the things that work – a lot of husbands complain that they have done everything to save their marriage. When I bring up topics and tools to see if they have done them, the answer is no. So…clearly they haven’t done everything possible. Most men exude effort with what they believe works. However, it doesn’t work. It also doesn’t mean they have done everything. All it means is that they have given up. There are ways to do things (regardless of wrong or right) that work.

Consistently over a long period of time – this is just as important as the first part. You’ve trained your wife over the years to behave, react and expect things from you in a certain way. When a husband is rebuilding his marriage, he is simultaneously destroying old behaviors while implementing new ones based on the tools that work. Your wife will not believe it at first. In fact, it will piss her off. She will need to test it to make sure the changes she is seeing are real and permanent. Your job is to pass those tests. The more tests you pass, the more trust in you gets rebuilt.

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