The no contact rule is among one of the most important strategies that you will need to employ if you want to have success getting your ex back.

It’s also among the most difficult strategies to complete.

According to my own internal research I estimate that about 80% of men and women who attempt the no contact rule will end up failing it.

Therefore, you’ll have a lot of individuals who attempt the no contact rule a second time around.

But will it work?

Can it still be as effective?

Well, that’s what we are here to find out.

Failing A No Contact Rule And Trying It A Second Time

Having me sit here and write an article about what to do if you fail the no contact rule is counter productive.

The answer is simple,

You try again and do your best not to mess up

The more interesting question has to do with if the no contact rule will still work the second time around.

There’s a lot of debate out there with this and I thought you’d be interested to hear an actual experts take.

So, here’s everything we are going to be talking about in this article,

  • What The No Contact Rule Is
  • What Failing It Looks Like
  • If It Is Still Effective If You Have To Do It A Second Time
  • Some Tips On How To Not Fail It The Second Time Around

Let’s begin!

What Is The No Contact Rule? 

In case you’re new I thought this would be a good section to include.

If you’re already an EBR veteran than you can probably just skip this and move on to the next section.

What is the no contact rule?

Well, quite simply it’s a period of time where you ignore your ex on purpose.

For those of us who are visual learners,

We’ve found success with three different time frames,

  1. The 21 Day Rule
  2. The 30 Day Rule
  3. The 45 Day Rule

If you want the full low down of which “time frame” you should be employing for your situation I highly recommend you pick up the no contact rule book that I wrote.

The only rule with the no contact rule is that you can’t break it.

(There are actually a few circumstances where you have to alter this but for the most part you can’t.)

So, that means that if your ex asks you something like,

You can’t respond.

If they call you and leave a voice mail.

You can’t respond.

If they threaten to “never talk to you again” if you don’t respond.

You can’t respond.

That is the no contact rule in a nutshell.

 Here’s What “Failing” The No Contact Rule Looks Like

At the beginning of this article I made a pretty bold statement.

Do you remember what that statement was?

I estimate that around 80% of individuals who attempt the no contact rule will end up failing it at least one time.

Now, what do I mean by that?

Simply put, they will break that one rule of not responding to their ex.

Here’s how it usually goes down.

You get really excited to try the no contact rule out on your ex. You come to our website, read our stuff. Heck, maybe you even buy my best selling book and read about it there.

The point is that you are sold on it.

Things seem to be going pretty well until fear starts to grip you.

What if my ex forget about me while I’m ignoring them?

This fear only becomes compounded more by the fact that contrary to what you thought would happen your ex hasn’t made an attempt to reach out to you at all.

In fact, by the time they do reach out you have worked yourself up so much that you just throw caution to the wind and decide to respond to them.

I’ve seen about a dozen variations of this exact situation over the last six and a half years and it never ceases to amaze me the internal dialogue going on in my clients head that prevents them from completing the no contact rule.

Now I know, from afar the no contact rule seems like an easy thing to complete.

You’re sitting there thinking,

Wait, all I have to do is ignore my ex for 30 days? That’s it?

But this is a naive statement to make.

Completing the no contact rule is extremely difficult because the odds aren’t in your favor. In fact, according to my research there is only a 20% chance that you’ll be perfect you’re first time around.

Now, this leads us to the inevitable question of,

What happens when you fail the no contact rule and have to attempt it a second time? Will it still work?

Let’s find out!

Can The No Contact Rule Work If You Have To Attempt It A Second Time?

I get asked this question a lot when I do Facebook Lives in our private facebook group.

And I always answer it the same exact way,

Each time you have to “restart” the no contact rule it loses a bit of effectiveness.

Think of it this way,

This graph is probably the best representation of what failing the no contact rule looks like.

Notice how the very first time you attempt the no contact rule you are going to get what I call “maximum effectiveness.” In other words, the no contact rule is going to work best on your ex the first time you try it.

But let’s say you fail at staying consistent throughout your whole time frame.

What then?

Well, the second time you try the no contact rule it’s going to still be effective but not quite as effective as the very first time you tried it.

It loses a little bit of the magic that made it so powerful the first time around.

But why?

Well, quite frankly human beings are wired to notice patterns.

One can certainly make the argument that our whole lives are patterns.

Your ex isn’t dumb and they will eventually catch on to the fact that every once in a while you seem to be flat out ignoring them.

The most naive statement I’ve ever heard in my time here on EBR is that it’s ok to fail the no contact rule.

I’d argue very heavily against that because of the fact that you are “watering down” arguably the best strategy for getting your ex back.

Take a look at the graphic I created above.

In this particular case you have a person who has failed the no contact rule 3 times.

Look how ineffective the no contact rule can become by that fourth time they attempt it.

It’s lost almost half of it’s effectiveness.

So, the question now shifts to how you can stay in the no contact rule.

My Best Tip On Staying Strong During The No Contact Rule

I’m not going to sit here and give you what you are expecting me to give you.

Most people expect for me to make a list of tips to “keep them strong.”

Truthfully, making a list and journaling to keep your thoughts focus don’t work for staying strong during the no contact rule.

Shocking, right?

In fact, in all the years I’ve been doing this I’ve only seen one thing make an impact on “staying in no contact.”

  1. Finding a way to hold yourself accountable

In case you didn’t know, whenever you coach with me or one of the Ex Recovery Coaches you’ll gain access to all of our products including our private Facebook support group.

Now, I know that doesn’t seem like a big deal but it is.

You see, on our Facebook Group we institute something called,

“Battle Buddies.”

For any who want it.

Essentially we partner you up with someone else who is going through a breakup and allow you to support each other through each of your situations.

It’s especially great at keeping you strong during the no contact rule.


Because any time you have a desire to contact your ex you’ll end up contacting your battle buddy instead and they can keep you strong.

20 thoughts on “What To Do If You Fail Your No Contact Rule (Will It Work A Second Time?)”

  1. Israfil

    January 22, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    My ex gf dumped me I tried everything to get her,she promised me she will return when ill be well settle person will good job I did for her everything she contacted me reached out to me,but slow slow she ignored me and later on I found she looking someone else and she start drinking alcohol I inform her parents,and her sister her sister tried to help me out for getting her back but later on my girlfriend manipulate her then her sister against me she insult me and all me and my ex gf was in 9years strong relationship strong connection,I feel like she still missing me because her friends inform me she sits alone and all the time she thinking something, please help me what should I do? please help me I didn’t try no contact rule yet

    1. Chris Seiter

      Chris Seiter

      January 22, 2019 at 10:29 pm

      Looks like you would benefit from NC.

  2. Michelle

    December 8, 2018 at 2:58 am

    Hi Chris,
    You’re right. We had a good 2-3 days where things felt like we were getting back to normal but now again he said we shouldn’t talk. He says he needs alone time to focus on himself in order to be happy again. This past month he has been so depressed with losing his job and he feels like a stranger in his own home. He’s from new york and moved to australia at 22 to play rugby. He loved it so much he decided to stay and has been living there for the past 4 years. He came back to live in new york in April because he thought he missed his family and that he would get a job and do better over here. He was dating a girl over there for 3.5 years and they actually have a house together that is still being fixed up. He keeps going back and forth about whether he wants to stay here or move back to Australia. How do I win someone back who wants to move away?

  3. Michelle

    December 2, 2018 at 4:49 am

    Hi Chris so once again me and my ex are back together. On Sunday he said he wasn’t feeling this anymore so on Monday I sent him a clean slate text. We have so far broken up 2 times. On Wednesday he calls me 9 times in 12 minutes and texts me non stop. The last text he is very angry at me. I finally text him on Thursday saying that I just need some space and I wasn’t trying to be rude. He answers back that he overreacted and that he would like to call me. We speak and he’s like i miss you so much. I care about you and love you and think you are a good fit for me. We wind up doing dinner and everything goes back to normal but then again 2 days later he’s acting weird and keeps saying something is missing. I’ve been a little distant because I don’t want to come off as needy and he accused me of not being into him. He’s so lovey dovey when we get back together and then goes back to being his normal self the next day. He got laid off a month ago and ever since then things have been so weird between us. I don’t know what to do anymore. What the heck with all the back and forth? Why does he keep doing this and what should I do?

    1. Chris Seiter

      Chris Seiter

      December 2, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      Hi Michelle…its kind of crazy isn’t it for a guy who isn’t “feeling it” to invest so much time and energy trying to contact you. He does seem emotionally unstable and perhaps he should consider exploring some counseling for his own good as this back and forth is not emotionally healthy. You should consider doing a longer period of no contact. Perhaps he will come to realize that his behavior can not be tolerated or he can lose you forever.

  4. Michelle

    November 19, 2018 at 4:09 am

    Hey Chris,
    We were looking at my facebook together and he saw that I posted something and read what I posted. We’re together now but he is acting differently, like less lovey dovey and being a little distant. I don’t know why I have it in my head that he is talking to another girl. What do I do if i’m actually in a relationship with him? Give him space? Thank you!

  5. Michelle

    November 17, 2018 at 5:56 am

    Hey Chris,

    So after 2 days of no contact my ex contacts me. He calls and texts and is extremely angry saying he wants to drop my things off and that I’m being very rude. I answer saying we both decided on space and that I was focusing on myself. He says he wants to see me and talk and see if there is still a spark. We wind up seeing each other and he is very lovey dovey saying that he misses me and wants to get back together. We get back together. I actually posted in the FB group earlier that day explaining my situation and what I should do about it (because he kept calling and texting) and he actually happened to see it. So he now knows my game plan was to do a 21 day no contact rule. He wasn’t mad but I think in his eyes he thought I was so strong when I was ignoring him. I’m just thinking if he breaks up with me again he knows what I will do. That makes me really nervous and I don’t know if its in my head that he’s now acting differently. I don’t know if it’s because he read my post in the EBR group, or that we are now back together, or i’m just overthinking everything. Any adivce?

    1. Chris Seiter

      Chris Seiter

      November 18, 2018 at 7:35 pm

      Hi Michelle!

      Well, he must be some super duper detective to have found you on the ERP Group as it is very hard to find and he would not be able to read any post you made unless he was a member of the Group.. What matters is sticking with your ex recovery plan and focusing on your own healthy recovery.

  6. Natasha

    October 19, 2018 at 2:16 am

    Hi Chris.

    I was with my fiance for over 2 and half years and we have a baby together. We ended up in long distant relationship and in the last 3 months he has been hot cold with me. 2 weeks ago he said it was over and i started the nc he made contact and ignored him except when he asked about baby. Last night we ended up talking but it the conversation was mainly based on our baby. Will i need to start the nc all over ?

    1. Chris Seiter

      Chris Seiter

      October 19, 2018 at 3:07 am

      Hi Natasha!

      When you share a baby, it is important that some communications occur…so in those cases NC becomes limited No Contact. No, you won’t need to extend NC. Maybe extend it a bit. Its a flexible principle and has to be adapted for your situation.

  7. Sam

    October 16, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Hi Chris!

    Long story short: he broke up with me, we saw each other 3 days later to exchange our things and he told me that he would prefer a break and to let him know if I would also like a break instead. 1 week later I told him that a break was a good idea because he told me that he regretted breaking up and that he wanted us back. I was so happy. We talked for 1 week on and off(and got intimate, big mistake I know) and he went back to not wanting to be in a relationship, but still wanting the break. 3 days later I decided that the break was too hard on me and that it was better if we broke up for good but we decided together to reevaluate in 3 months after some time apart.
    Now I’m scared that I messed everything up by not doing NC properly the first time around and have been doing NC for 10 days, but I have to see him on day 14 because of an event.
    Is it too late to get my ex back?

    Thank you for your help

    1. Chris Seiter

      Chris Seiter

      October 17, 2018 at 1:19 am

      Hi Sam!

      If you are not confident in how you are executing your No Contact Rule strategy, then consider picking up my eBook, “The No Contact Rule Book”. Its 247 pages in length and goes into great detail.

  8. Kristen

    October 13, 2018 at 3:28 am

    Hi Chris,

    So I’m still in the middle of my NC contact period. I know you recommend on your site moving on without moving on and trying to maybe go on a date with someone else while in NC. I’m not really ready to meet someone new. So I was wondering if it would be ok to go on a date with another former ex? (One I’m completely over.) Or is that a really bad idea? This former ex asked me to meet up. And I don’t know, it would just be nice to have a distraction and I rather hang out with someone I know. Thanks.

    1. Chris Seiter

      Chris Seiter

      October 14, 2018 at 9:58 pm

      Hi Kristen!

      Its up to you. What matters is what makes you happy. if it stirs up a little jealousy, fine. But the key is your emotional health and gaining some perspective and enjoying life’s moments. Also, feel free to pick up my 247 page eBook, “The No Contact Rule Book” if you want to take a deeper five into the NC process

  9. Jesica

    October 11, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    Hi I’m already on my 28th of NC when he contacted me, so I replied him. Is this considered as “failing”? Also, how do you determine if you should apply 21 days, 30 days or 60 days of NC?

    1. Chris Seiter

      Chris Seiter

      October 12, 2018 at 3:03 am

      I don’t think so. NC periods can range 21 to 45 days. You should go pick up one of my Ebooks so you are up to speed on all aspects of the process.

  10. Sylvia

    October 10, 2018 at 6:05 am

    Would it be considered “failing” if I have gone completely no contact on him for almost a full year? Neither of us has tried initiating contact and i’m too stubborn and worried that i will seem needy if i’m the first person to contact him. I truly miss him and want to give us a shot but i dont want to look weak

    1. Chris Seiter

      Chris Seiter

      October 11, 2018 at 4:46 am

      Hi Sylvia!

      You should pick up my eBook and take a close look at my program! I think 1 year of both people being stubborn leaves too much in the uncertainty department. Better to reach out softly in the way I discuss in my books to get a read on where things stand.

  11. Kristen

    October 9, 2018 at 4:18 am

    I’m on day 9 of NC and I am going to try my hardest to not break it. I started it the day after we broke up. I’m not gonna lie, every day I’m a little disappointed he hasn’t reached out yet. But I’m trying really hard to keep busy and work on myself. I think the hardest part, is wondering if it’s working at all (one him) and stopping myself from reaching out cause I miss him so much. Do you see success stories where the ex didn’t reach out at all during NC? Does that happen often?

    1. Chris Seiter

      Chris Seiter

      October 10, 2018 at 2:22 am

      Hi Kristen!

      That happens all the time. Some guys can be stubborn and won’t reach out. Or they are afraid to. Or they don’t want to. Or they do finally reach out. You won’t know for awhile. But your focus should be on “you” and your healing and doing things to showcase and reinforce your value such that he might notice. This is what I talk about in my books and on the site.

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