How To Know Whether to Fix Your Marriage or Leave it

Over a beer the other day a frustrated man asked me,

“How can anyone know if the grass is going to be any greener on the other side?!”

He said, “I mean, really, I see just as many guys leaving marriages and being miserable as I see guys staying and being miserable. How do you decide?”

I told him, “It depends on whether you go to the other side as fertilizer or dog pee.”

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That’s when I think I might have pissed him off.


Fertilizer or dog pee? WTF does that mean?

I explained to him that I’ve seen men leave a marriage in a pissy, angry, resentful and defeated state of mind and 100% of them wind up unhappy on the “green side” of the fence.


Because even if the grass was initially green when they got there, they made it turn brown (just like dog pee) in a matter of months.

They took their pissy attitude with them and slowly sabotaged the new grass by peeing all over it with anger, fear and resentment.

Here’s the bottom line.

When you try to find your peace, confidence, happiness and manly mojo anywhere OUTSIDE of yourself, you’ll wind up being like dog pee.

How can you choose to be FERTILIZER instead? And what does that mean?

More in the video below on that.

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It’s such a common question that Dan and I hear – “How do I know if I should stay or I should go?” Men in a struggling relationship always want us to help them understand “How do I know…?”

“How do I know if my relationship can recover or improve?”

“Will the grass ever be green on this side of the fence?”

“How do I know if it can’t and I should go and start something new with someone who can meet my needs and desires?”

“Is the grass really greener on the other side of the fence?”

“I don’t want to leave and get divorced and then find that I’m in the same situation but just with a different person!”

Of course the answer is that it depends.

It depends on who YOU are and how you SHOW UP in your relationship, old or new.

It depends on whether you show up as fertilizer or dog pee. We all know that dog pee kills grass and turns it brown.

Are you doing the personal work to know who you are and how you’re showing up in your relationship? Do you even know what that means?

Are you unhappy, feeling disrespected, offended, agitated and like you have no self-confidence, no self-worth and no self-respect in your relationship?

If you’re feeling like that in your body and you think it’s because of ‘what she’s doing to you’, then you’re looking from the outside-in. You’re saying that everything outside your body is causing feelings inside your body.

So if you end one relationship and start another you’ll be taking that same perspective with you. If you jump over the fence to find out if the grass is greener, even if it looks green when you get there, you’re showing up as dog pee. And you’re going to make it all yellow and brown again with that view of your own worthiness.

So when I ask, “Are you going to show up as fertilizer or dog pee?” What I’m talking about is…

Are you showing up as a strong, confident, happy man, who initiates happiness, who is already well in his own skin?

Are you showing up as a man who’s a source of happy energy, a source of confidence, a source of generosity and a source of praise for other people?

If you’re happy and you’re feeling full, the grass is going to be green wherever you go.

I’m not saying you can stay in a 30 year marriage with a person who hates you and the grass is going to be green.

What I’m telling you is that if you’re a man who decides to do the work to BECOME the fertilizer, that you will KNOW where you belong. Wherever you go, you’re going to be happy.

If you decide to end this relationship while you’re feeling horrible about yourself. If you decide to jump over the fence then, you will create horrible wherever you go.

If you stay in this relationship as a man who’s fertilizer…

If you become a man who’s confident in his own skin…

If you are a man who learns he can be happy no matter what she’s saying or doing or how she’s participating or showing up in your life, two things will happen…

  1.  Either she’s going to start following your lead and greening up with you.
  2. You will know the answer as to whether or not the grass will be greener on the other side.

One thing we can promise you, is that when our clients do this work, when they end up feeling like fertilizer, then wherever they go, they create connection. Wherever they go they create happiness, curiosity and affection.

They know they’re that guy who deserves that and creates that becasue that’s where he’s COMING FROM. He no longer fears what’s on the other side of the fence because he knows that now he is fertilizer and not dog pee.

The only way to make a sound decision about staying in or leaving your marriage is to learn to be “fertilizer” now…not later.

What’s that mean?

It means:

Learn how to relax and RESPOND to conflict like man instead of reacting like a little boy. (yeah, I know about that first hand)

Learn how to stand confidently in an emotional storm and not take everything so personally

Learn how to create emotional safety with anyone and stop trying to win arguments and being right about everything

Learn how to create sexual polarity and attraction by doing much less than you’re doing now

A man who knows how to “fertilize” – wherever he is – realizes that HE is the source of the green grass.

He learns that calm, confident mojo is a place to come from – not a place to go to.

So, whether he decides to work on his current relationship or leave it – he first learns to BE a man who embodies the “greener grass”.

He listens more – speaks less.

He’s more curious and generous – less argumentative and needy.

He’s learned that “happy” is an inside job and blaming anyone else for being unhappy is a waste of time.

Pretty tall order? I think not. We see this transformation happen every day.

If you’re at a point where you’re ready for this then listen up.

This isn’t for someone who “kinda, sorta” wants to improve his life.

This if for committed, “Hell Yes” men.

This is a chance to join an exclusive group of high quality men who want to support and be supported by other high quality men.

We are here to share, listen, discuss and debate topics about men, women, sex, relationships and marriage…among other stuff.

We coach you live and introduce you to concepts from our Masculine Confidence Intensive course.

Some of the benefits you’ll leave with are:

  • Claim your masculine guiding principles and personal boundaries
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  • Become an unapologetically masculine and passionate man
  • Learn the truth about feminine power and how you could be “dancing with it” instead of fighting it
  • Develop a bold new attitude of pushing your comfort zone and eliminating excuses from your life
  • Embrace uncertainty and change knowing without a doubt that you will thrive no matter what
  • No longer walk on eggshells around women and claim your place as a powerful, loving, compassionate man
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  • You want to create an intense and permanent SHIFT in your mindset in order to feel clear in your decisions and confident in your actions.
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  • You want to be a man who confidently faces difficult circumstances and responds with calmness and clarity while staying independent of any specific outcome.

If you want to improve your happiness and start sharing it freely with others, we would love to help you become so clear in what you bring to any situation, so that you can start CREATING the life that you want.

What if this next year everything changed for you?

That’s what we want for you brother.

Books, articles and videos are great but to really make quick progress and get to a point where you’re consistently calm, confident and enthusiastic about life again you need other men who understand what you’re going through and who will challenge you to make the changes that you need to make. This is the truth that I want you to LEARN – this is the thing I had to learn first before I could grow in this way – you need other men to do this work!! Why do you think indiginous tribes have male only initiation ceremonies – it’s incredibly powerful.

Come and join us, either through 1-on-1 coaching with my colleague Dan Dore or me, or in our group coaching program with other amazing men who are travelling the same path as you right now in our Men’s Live Coaching Roundtable where we will help you re-find the confident, attractive man you know yourself to be.

Come and try our coaching through our Roundtable live coaching program here. There’s an amazing tribe of guys in this group with us, supporting and helping each other through this process of growth and self-realization.

We love teaching men these tools – how to be better, how to know who you are, what you stand for, what you want and how to CREATE it in your life through our Masculine Confidence coaching programs.

Dan and I are here to guide you on this mission.

If you want to become a man who knows and trusts himself to create the life and love he wants, apply for a free consultation call with me or Dan. I guarantee you’ll feel a whole lot better by the end of our talk.

My new book Straight Talk Tools for the Desperate Husband will help you to lead yourself and your relationship back to good health. Understand why your partner acts the way she does toward you and learn how to lead your life in the direction you want it to go. You CAN have the relationship you want, fulfilling all your desires while maintaining love and respect.

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Steve Horsmon Certified Professional Men’s Coach
Steve Horsmon is a Certified Professional Life Coach and owner of Goodguys2Greatmen Relationship Coaching in Livermore, Colorado. He has appeared on well known coachign and psychology television, radio, youtube, and podcast channels related to maintaining healthy relationships. Steve provides intensely personal, action oriented coaching services for men through 1-on-1 coaching, private retreats and workshops designed to give men new knowledge, skills and mindset to achieve their relationship goals. He is a committed, lifelong mentor who teaches his clients to discover their masculine power, take bold action and create the life they want. He has written articles and guest blogs for numerous relationship and expert websites.

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