All too often we tend to get in our own ways, especially when it comes to dating. From our preferred checklist of qualities we're seeking in a partner to our pet peeves, remaining too comfortable within our own bubble could make it difficult to attract the right man.
It isn't always easy to change or step outside of our comfort zones but if you tend to have a reputation for being picky, hard to please or even "too girly," chances are a change of pace could be just what the doctor ordered. Although dating in general can be nerve wracking and intimidating, first and foremost it should be fun. However, it's hard to be considered a fun date if you're constantly "poo pooing" everything.
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Below are a few ways to switch things up and experience dating in a new and (hopefully) amazing way.
Some guys like girly girls but even more find it more attractive when a woman can feel comfortable doing activities that may require them to get a bit dirty or even break a nail. This could include engaging in a game of one-on-one basketball, going rock climbing or hiking. If you're not the type of woman that's naturally outdoorsy, try to find a compromise.
For example, not a fan of hard core hiking? Find middle ground (no pun intended) by making a date for a pleasant walk down a park trail or better yet, go biking along a scenic trail. It still allows the two of you to get out in nature but without the physical exertion that could make you uncomfortable.
Have a date coming up that involves something you're a complete noob to? Then it's time to start prepping for what to expect. Don't let pride get in the way, either. The worst way to be a stick in the mud on a date is to go into uncharted territory poorly prepared and then whining about it.
For instance, say your significant other proposes a date that calls for skiing but you've never been on skis a day in your life. There is always the option of waiting to get to the ski lodge and taking lessons onsite but why not take extra precaution and look into ski training well in advance of the trip? In fact, the more research you do ahead of time, the more likely you'll be to have a great time with your date because you'll have a very good idea of what to expect.
On the subject of skiing, the Internet is a valuable resource (when is it not?) so don't be afraid to jump on and start browsing sites related to proper clothing, ski exercises and tips for first timers. Not only will you lower the risk of getting injured while on the slopes, your significant other will be impressed by your initiative and thoughtfulness.
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Learn to Laugh At Yourself
Not all dates go according to plan. Murphy's Law is in full effect all the time and whether your date consists of a romantic dinner, taking in a movie or a more out of the box date, there's always the chance that you could embarrass yourself. Tend to be a cry baby or overly sensitive when it comes to goofing? Suck it up and instead of turning to negative emotions, make it a habit to learn the power of laughter.