My advice you may not like - you don't have to take it.
You don't want a man's relationship with you to be a reaction to something. You don't want him to only ever act when you threaten to leave.
You need internal strength. Having confidence that you can find
happiness with another man shows him he has to work for you. I know it
hurts. But, he needs to pursue you like a lion after his prey.
Too many girls succumb to the role of sweet, little darlings following men around and
begging for their attention, then giving them their heart and soul at
the slightest sign of affection.
Geez. I've been guilty. I once expressed to a young man a reevaluation of our relationship. At that moment, he would have done anything to keep me. And he did - he told me he wanted to be with me and to marry me more than anything. So I stayed. I stayed when the promise of proposal never came. I stayed when he called me a B*@%#. I stayed when my intelligence was questioned dozens of times each day. As the months added up, I realized he had done nothing to back up his words of reaction.
How does that saying go? The road to hell is paved with good intentions? I can't live with a partner who doesn't act- who only reacts.
Can you see how a situation where you are the pursuer can turn into something where he sits back and lets you do all the work? Maybe I'm jumping the gun, but HE** NO! That is not a partnership. Yes, reciprocate efforts, but do not do all the work alone.
He needs to need you and actively communicate that in thought, word, and deed.
If you tell him you need to walk away one day and then you are right there pouncing back in the next, well...then he still doesn't need to pursue you. He may not consciously realize this, but it won't motivate him to act in any way. I know it hurts. I know it sucks. I know you want to cry. Do cry. Don't pursue.
You want a man who is actionary, not REactionary.