Is Your Marriage Worth Saving? Or Can YOU Save It?

What you can do instead of trying to save a marriage you don’t want

There are some things just not worth fighting for.

And one of those is a marriage totally devoid of the most basic elements of an intimate relationship.

Why would you fight for a marriage full of disrespect?

Why would you hold on to a relationship where kindness is held in contempt?

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Why would you want to save a romantic partnership without even the smallest crumbs of affection?

Yet, many of the unhappily married men I meet are doing just that. They are desperately clinging on to their crumbling marriage and clutching their disconnected partner with a death grip. And it’s making matters worse every day.

You’re Not Gonna Die

I’m here to tell you that you won’t die. It’s okay to let go. In fact, you will actually start to thrive when you learn to stop fighting for the wrong things.

You’ve been fighting to save a relationship full of all the things you don’t want. That relationship is not worth saving!

I’m not talking about divorce. I’m talking about letting this version of your life and marriage die.

Only then will you be able to gather the clarity, confidence and strength to fight for what you really do want. And, hopefully, you can create that with her…if she wants the same things.

You’ll never get the good things you want in your relationship until you drop the bad things which have gotten you to this point.

And, no, you do not need anyone’s help to do this. Not even hers.

Three Clues it’s Time to Let This Marriage Die

It’s painful to watch men struggling to save something they don’t even want. The reason they do this is because they don’t know how to create what they do want.

Here are the top three clues your current marriage situation must be allowed to die.

  1. You don’t treat each other with respect
  2. You don’t treat each other with kindness
  3. You don’t give each other emotional or physical affection

Admit it. You don’t want any of those any longer.

You hate it when you feel it from her and you hate it when you feel it coming from yourself.

You may think it’s impossible to let those things die if she won’t play along. You may think you’re doomed to a disrespectful, mean-spirited, unaffectionate life.

And you would be wrong. You can create whatever the hell it is you want and you don’t need anybody’s cooperation or permission to do this


You make the incredibly simple decision that, starting today – not tomorrow – that you are a man of respect, kindness and affection.

There. Done. Easy-peasy.

Now… start acting that way.

Begin creating what you want by consistently modeling what you want.

Quit blaming anyone else in the world for you not being a respectful, kind and affectionate man who lives a respectful, kind and affectionate life!

What a Respectful, Kind, Affectionate Man Looks Like

You don’t have to tell me how hard this is going to be. This would be simple if you didn’t have someone living with you who may not trust or believe that you’re actually a respectful, kind, affectionate man.

And when someone doesn’t trust or believe you are who you think you are, sometimes you’ll agree with them.

Don’t do that. Trust yourself. Believe in yourself.

Without that, you’re sunk no matter what happens.

Here are some examples of what it might look like when you trust and believe in yourself.


  • Be more calm and deliberate when speaking. Check your emotions. Listen and respond.
  • Try to understand more than you need to be understood. Patience. Lose urgency in being “right”.
  • Lose your agenda for what you think she should be giving you. Give first – receive second.
  • Support her as an individual before you try to hold her accountable for being your perfect partner.
  • Respectful men communicate from a place of love and empathy – consistently.


  • Make kindness and consideration a choice from your heart – not part of a subliminal negotiation.
  • Empathize with her bad moods and feelings, but you don’t have to copy them.
  • Be fearless in saying kind things and doing kind deeds. Kind men don’t care if their kindness is welcomed or not.
  • Respond to conflict with an unwavering intention of kindness. Consistency creates trust.
  • Kind men don’t require others to be kind to them because kind men don’t give a f*ck.


  • Give compliments, hugs, kisses, pats, touches and mushy-mushy talk at will. Learn to enjoy your affectionate nature without requiring it first from others.
  • Fearlessly show appreciation and gratitude without expectations.
  • Boldly invite her into intimacy of all types without expectations. “No” is always her option but affectionate men don’t allow “No’s” to shut down their affectionate nature.
  • Allow your sensual interactions to remain sensual. Show some restraint as you milk the sweetness of non-sexual intimacy. All-day-foreplay is an end in itself.
  • Be shamelessly proud of your masculine sexuality and your desire for her. Affectionate men never apologize for desiring their woman.

Why This is so Hard for Men

I know reading list after list of what to do better can be annoying.

It’s annoying because if it was that simple to create a respectful, kind and affectionate relationship you’d be doing it by now.

Why is it so hard for us men to do?

Because we don’t know exactly how to do it.

Couple that with a few decades of shame, guilt and fear…I may as well be telling you how to fly an F-15 in 3 easy steps.

But it’s really not that hard once you learn to trust and believe in yourself.

Most of us were never taught how to be self-reliant, confident, unapologetic men. So, when we make our attempts at being respectful, kind and considerate we come across as uncertain, tentative and weak.

It’s that fearful energy that creates all of our problems.

It’s impossible to create anything we want when we’re operating from fear.

We fear what people will think, say or do.

We fear not getting the outcome we want.

We fear the consequences of being who we really want to be.

We fear not being loved any more – maybe forever.

If you want to create a whole new version of your life and marriage, your first order of business is to face and then conquer these fears.

Men who do this work quickly find out they can create whatever they want.

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.

I wrote a free e-book to help men learn how to lose their fear and be more bold in their marriage to create the love and connection they want. Get The Hard to Swallow Truth About Saving Your Marriage HERE

If you want to learn more about how to take a bigger step toward being a clear-headed, confident man of action, then find out more here. I would be thrilled to help you get there – our first discovery call is always free and always gives you a BIG boost of confidence.

You WILL become a clearer, stronger, more confident man only through other men. Your woman cannot take you there – and she doesn’t WANT to…trust me on that.

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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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