Why Having High Standards For Men Actually Makes You More Attractive

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Do your Dating Standards Convey your High Value to Men?

In my recruitment career, I used to feel excited when I met that one impressive candidate with the "edge" who was a perfect match, over a sea of boring, unmemorable ones. 

They would meet the criteria for the job role, and more importantly, they had the attitude, character, and goals which were the perfect fit. This counted more than academic credentials and depending on the role, even experience. 

It's much the same in dating. You're "interviewing" many potential matches, to see if you're compatible and if there's a shared interest to discover more about each other, in a low-pressure way. 

For each role, much like in dating, we had at least 5 non-negotiable must have's as well as the non-essential preferences for the ideal candidate. 

We maintained those non-essential standards without compromise.

The implications and consequences of not upholding those non-negotiables would impact on our guest service, our success as a business, the moral of the team, etc.  We would be settling for low-quality standards, which doesn't work in the 5 Star Hospitality environment — or in any high-quality business environment. 

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During the 90-day probation (discovery) period, we'd express our standards and expectations as well as understanding theirs and if we noticed we weren't on the same page (i.e. there was no consistency, follow through, a bad attitude, tardiness, disrespect, and lack of progress), well, we didn't continue the relationship and wished them all the best.  

This principle applies in dating during the early stages, yet it's a blind spot for many smart, strong, successful women.  

It's important to balance the head and the heart and tune into your feelings each step of the way. 

This allows you not to attach to the outcome too soon. So let's reaffirm the importance of doing this because ultimately you decide how you want to be treated by the man you're dating.

Compromising your dating standards doesn't move you towards your dream relationship.

What are your top 5 non-negotiable standards for how you want to be treated? 

I work with successful, smart, strong women, who know their standards about how they want to be treated by a quality man, yet at times, dance around upholding them during the early discovery period and beyond.  

One example is that they are too flexible and accommodating of behavior and actions that don't meet their standards from the men they're dating, during the "probation" period.

These include:

  • Accepting last minute meet up requests and generally being available when he asks, at his convenience. 
  • Accepting texting conversations, rather than a personal phone call.
  • Overlooking a broken arrangement to meet. (i.e. Disappearing and re-connecting a few days later without mention of the plans you discussed.)
  • Being too available at this convenience for example after he disappeared in between conversations and dates, and reappearing to ask you to meet or chat, making you feel like an afterthought.  
  • Perhaps rearranging your diary and other commitments so you don't "lose" the opportunity to see him again. Sometimes, even before he's confirmed or following up with him to verify because he hasn't. 
  • Accepting or justifying the reasons, he isn't investing in you as much as you would like and hanging in there anyway (i.e. too busy, too stressed, family drama, or no courteous reason at all, but pleased he made contact eventually).
  • By remaining available and investing time with him, and ignoring the facts  (red flags) that his behavior and actions are "showing you", and not trusting your intuition. 
  • Not knowing or wanting to express your needs or showing him your standards, out of fear of how he will perceive you.

Your 5 star standards and how you express and embody them, in a feminine way, distinguish you as a high-value woman. 

This begins with how you want to be treated, and conveying that in a low pressure, way through your actions, and by how you express yourself. 

It begins with having absolute clarity about what these are, then distancing your self from men who "show" you low-quality behavior and actions, which don't meet your standards. 

When you are clear on these, in order for the quality man to respect them, and see you as high-value, it's essential you embody these during your communication. 

It means, not "rewarding" behavior and actions that don't meet your standards. Rewarding looks like, ignoring, dismissing, justifying the actions and behaviors, which are not okay with you.  

And yes, that might mean the wrong man for you does disappear (a good thing) and the quality high-value man is drawn to you even more because he values a woman who values and respects herself and "expresses" her feelings in a feminine, calm way and follows through. 

No demands, no angry confrontations, no manipulations, no games. 

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Here are a few shared qualities high-value men or the nice guys with "edge" have, which inspire attraction in women. As a reminder, looks, wealth, and career success have some importance but don't sustain deep attraction and connection alone. 

These will support you to decide, what behaviors are not OK for you when you're dating and in a relationship with a man. 

Which of these high-value behaviors will you not compromise on in a man?

1. He is proactive, not reactive.

He has a plan and goals in life and applies this to dating. He makes an effort, takes the initiative, and takes the lead by making plans and following through. 

2. He is laser-focused on what they want in a relationship.

He knows what he is looking for in a relationship, why he wants it, has a vision about what it will look and feel like, and takes consistent action to attract it with class, quiet confidence, and style.  

3. He is honest and has integrity.

He is honest and respectful of the people in his life, even it means someone may be upset with him. He understands that being upfront and reliable is more respectful and expects it himself.

4. He is kind, thoughtful, caring, and generous.

He invests time with people because he cares and genuinely wants to, not because they are going to gain something in return.

In dating, he is upfront about whether he is looking for casual dating or for a relationship. If the woman he is dating is looking for a relationship and he is not, he has the integrity not to mislead her and lets her go before intimacy. 

He has a genuine spirit of generosity with his time, energy and understands that dating means paying for his date for the first few dates at least. 

5. He has independent opinions.

He is an independent thinker, expresses his opinions respectfully, and respect and appreciate views that are different to theirs.   

6. He has passions.

He is inspired by passions in his life, whether it’s his career, hobbies, or interests and actively get involved or are working towards it. If he hates his job, he doesn't focus on that, he finds enjoyment in this passions and works towards changing their circumstances.

7. He is reliable and follows through.

He can manage and handle the busy-ness with low drama. He does what he says he'll do and means what he says. He doesn't make excuses or have a victim mentality. 

When necessary work, personal events take over, he calls and re-schedule or is upfront. He doesn't make plans without integrity or not meaning them. 

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8. He is emotionally intelligent.

They have reached the "adult" phase of emotional intelligence or working towards it. He can communicate openly, honestly, and confidently about what he wants and needs and listens equally even though it may feel uncomfortable to him.

9. He respects women.

He appreciates and respects women in their own right, and doesn't buy into generalizations and stereotypes. He understands the woman he's dating is equally busy with her career and personal life. 

10. He is romantically evolved.

High-value men have evolved beyond their teenage/man-child behavior with regard to romance and sex. So, he doesn't rely on the low-quality adolescent tactics and manipulation to connect with women. 

He respects a woman who says "no" and isn't ready to be intimate. He doesn't push for sex if she isn't ready and has expressed she wants to get to know him better first.   

Not respecting your "no" without pressure is a massive red flag, and in my opinion enough to walk away from him. Never accommodate or justify him, not respecting your "no". 

Quality men are more confident, discreet, subtle and sincere. They understand that connecting and romancing high-value women don't come from a place of neediness, but starts with being genuine and approaching her as a friend, not a conquest.  

Nobody is perfect, successful dating requires an awareness of yourself and the person you want to attract and be in a relationship with.

So the next step is to clarify your own standards about how you want to be treated, which will help you discern if your date is a suitable potential candidate. 

Following that, it's important to stay tuned into your intuition and recognize that you cannot change anybody. 

When he is showing you who he is and his actions and behavior don't meet your needs, you have the power to choose whether you will accept it or walk away from it, because you know in the long run it won't make you happy. 

Attraction is very subjective and individual. 

For the best opportunities to attract and keep the ideal quality partner you want, it’s also important to understand the values, behaviors, energy, attitude your perfect partner is looking for; without assuming or pre-judging. 

It isn't usually what you have been led to believe or hear from people around you, who are sharing their opinions based on their perceptions, personal experiences, lives and not yours.

Ask yourself:

  • What are my top five non-negotiable dating standards? 
  • What do I need a partner and how do I ensure my needs are met? 
  • What does the man I want to attract want in a partner?
  • What qualities inspire him that I am not practicing as much?
  • What can I do to develop these qualities?

If you have identified all of these, with clarity and confidence, based on facts, and what's right and embody them, daily you already have the edge in dating. You're also much closer than you think to your perfect "candidate" and loving relationship. 

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Maria Christie is a Dating Success, Confidence and Life Coach, and my goal is to support you to attract and Live your Dream Life and Relationship by Design.

This article was originally published at Maria Christie Coaching- Blog. Reprinted with permission from the author.