And although there is no one-size-fits-all advice, there are some “dating universals” that can help any marriage-minded single looking to find, build and deepen a relationship into an enduring marriage: 1. Know your strengths and weaknesses; know what you have to offer as a spouse.
Commit to Dating Make no mistake about it, you need to invest yourself in dating; treat your search for a marriage partner the same way you would your search for a job or dream home. Know your time-frames – when would you like to be married?
Some are divorced with a child; some are unmarried with a child, and some are never married.
If you think you've met a prospect online, arrange to meet face-to-face as soon as possible.
Stay anonymous until you've met in person – don't give out your phone number, address or other identifying information until you know who you're dealing with. Arrange a short coffee date in a public place, and let a loved one know where you'll be and who you'll be with. Date Consciously Once you've started dating, pay attention to the details and get your act together. Slovenliness, poor hygiene, bragging, littering, and slouching can turn a date off.
Think seriously about how caring and considerate of others you are. Are you good at building relationships and committed to doing acts of charity?
How responsible and trustworthy, how committed to high morals and personal growth, are you? Remember, confidence attracts, and it's much easier to be confident when you know yourself well and recognize your match. Be Selective As a rule dating for marriage is not a numbers game.
Date fewer people, but ones that line up with what you're looking for. Check out the compatibility of your goals, values, aspiration and lifestyle.
Past performance is a good indicator of the future, so consult people who’ve known your prospect in a variety of settings over a period of time.
Malka (Juravel) Schulman is a Certified Life Coach and Relationship Expert practicing in Toronto, Canada.
She coaches singles and couples both by phone and in-person.
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Avoid dating unqualified prospects; stand firm, and resist compromising on what's important to you.