Every marriage deserves the right to be saved before it is ultimately abandoned.
The true conundrum is both individuals must want to salvage the relationship. Sadly, it often is just one of the two people who are truly invested in caring enough to do so. Therefore, it is important to make foundational changes that involve both spouses.
A business partnership is failing. Only one partner shows up each day and tries to run the entire operation on their own. The other partner has become silent. Showing up when it suits them. The partner that is 100 percent invested gets counseling and tries to save the business alone. Eventually, it is fruitless, even with counseling they can’t possibly be all things to a joint partnership.
Now imagine another approach…
A business partnership is failing. Only one partner shows up each day and tries to run the entire operation on their own. The other partner has become silent. Showing up when it suits them. The partner that is 100 percent invested realizes they can’t sustain their business and brand on this scale any longer. They are overworked, overburdened, frustrated and stressed. They understand they can’t change the silent partner. No amount of work on their part will compensate for a person who is no longer committed to the business.
Therefore, they make foundational changes to protect the business. They scale the business back to a place that will work for them and given them time to regain the strength of their brand. Their power no longer in the hands of a partner that either temporarily or permanently no longer cares. Their power is invested back into the core business rather than one aspect of it.
The same is true for failing relationships.
Initially, individuals look solely to the silent partner to save the relationship. However, ultimately, the better approach is to restore and reinforce the original foundation of any partnership. It gives the brand a chance to survive and thrive in a whole new manner rather than band-aid an operation which has gotten lost in day to day operations.
The following are ways to restore the core brand of a marriage.