11 Dating Tips To Try When You're Tired Of Casual Relationships & Want To Find True Love

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Will I Ever Find True Love? The Best Dating Advice On How To Get A Girlfriend Or A Boyfriend
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What does it mean to date with purpose? If you haven’t heard of this or do not have your own purpose for dating, you are probably "just dating" or "hanging out".

Unfortunately, many people who want to know how to get a girlfriend or boyfriend still date with the hope of turning their casual relationship into a long-term committed one — without ever expressing those needs and desires to the person they're seeing.

Some people date unconsciously, content to enter a relationship with whoever comes along, shows interest, provides an adequate distraction from their everyday life, or fulfill their desire to have their sexual needs met.

However, if you're looking to find true love, the cards are heavily stacked against you when you attempt to turn a "friends with benefits" situation into a committed, long-term relationship or marriage.

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When you seek something more substantial than "hanging out" and want something more committed and monogamous, then you are dating "with a purpose".

When you are dating with purpose, you approach your search for true love from a higher consciousness. You look for solid qualities in a potential partner, qualities that are more in line with your moral beliefs and values.

Once you have made a conscious decision to seek a mate with the desired qualities, you typically create a very defined approach to sealing the deal. That means that meeting someone that you haven’t "vetted" or asked about long-term goals, future planning, and long-term partner/spouse material is not the person you will enter a committed relationship with.

Dating to find real love requires strategy, preparation, and goal setting in order to get the results you want.

People who are dating with a purpose of falling in love must be "purposeful" with how they approach potential partners and the manner in which they lay the groundwork for the relationship they want.

For the love of pizza, I know they say 50 is the new 40, 40 is the new 30, and 30 is the new 20, but, do not approach a potential partner with the thoughts "whatever comes will come" if you want a long-term committed relationship. If you approach a relationship from that angle you will get exactly what you have been waiting for "nothing".

Nothing will come because you have not expressed your desires, interests, or expectations for the relationship. While you may be hoping for something committed, the person you are dating does not know that. They may assume you are "fine" with the way things are. Therefore, while dating you, they may be exploring long-term options elsewhere.

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people in their 40’s or 50’s recounting their dating failures with, "I really like him, but I don’t want to put pressure on him. He works a lot, so I want him to be relaxed when he sees me, I want it to be fun. When we spend time together, we usually stay in all day, we Netflix and chill, like the kids say."

Red flag alert: if you are in your 40’s or 50’s, you are not a child.

You want a committed relationship, but you are afraid to ask. The example above is not exclusive to women. Men have often entered a casual relationship, assuming a potential partner will see how great they are and want a commitment with them only to be disappointed.

When someone is seeing you and the only thing you have going on is sex, then it is hard to see you outside of that role. As unfair as it may seem, most daters would like to start "fresh" with someone else than turning a sexual relationship into a committed relationship.

Knowing this, if you’re done with leaving your love life up to chance, dating with purpose is the way to go.

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Here are 11 of the best pieces of dating advice on how to get a girlfriend or a boyfriend when you're tired of casual dating.

1. Get to know yourself better and what you want in life, in your future.

2. Identify what you want (i.e. causal dating, friends with benefits, or long-term committed relationship.)

3. Identify what you want in a partner.

4. Devise a plan or strategy to secure the relationship you want.

5. Avoid dating multiple people and trying to "weed out" the person you don’t want. This creates hurt feelings and influences how you see your potentials and how your potentials see you.

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6. Identify what type partner you are interested in (i.e. types of qualities he/she needs to possess, are you looking for the same things in a partner you had in the past, or are you looking for something else, etc.).

7. Express your needs upfront.

8. Try not to ruminate on what hasn’t worked in the past, and learn from those experiences instead.

9. Maintain a positive attitude and outlook.

10. Don’t assume the person you meet or have chemistry with will be "the one." Know you will have to date a little to find you’re the right person for you

11. Don’t settle, as tempting as it may be to settle for less than what you want, you must go after what you want. By focusing on what you want in a relationship and a partner you are bound to find it.

Dating can be tricky, but finding true love is totally possible, whether you are looking for a long-term committed relationship or marriage.

The possibilities are endless so don’t be discouraged when you thought you found the "perfect" person but they are not interested in a long-term committed relationship.

Maybe that was not the "perfect" person for you, consider it this way there are other potential suitors out there, waiting for the opportunity to be with you.

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Dr. Tarra Bates-Duford is a psychologist who focuses on relationships, dating, and personality issues, as well as a Certified Relationship Specialist with Diplomate Status, and an expert with the American Psychotherapy Association.

This article was originally published at Love, Lust, & Fantasies. Reprinted with permission from the author.