Ladies, ladies, ladies. My guess, is that you shared the heck out of our last post about how Men Need to Step Up Their Dating Game. And I’m glad, because they need to hear it. But the thing about it is, dating is a two-way street.
I think in the Christian culture, oftentimes as women we’re told that we don’t have much of a role in the world of dating and relationships, outside of “waiting”. I addressed this myth in a post called, Christian Women Need to Stop Waiting on Men.
But what are some things women can actually do to actually “step up” their dating game? How can they take an active approach to their love-life, even when there are seemingly no prospects around?
Take Responsibility: One of the top complaints I hear from women is how often they are “led on” by men. They’re sick and tired of one-way relationships that end up leading to nothing but the friend zone, or a broken heart along the way. But here’s the thing about it ladies: you can’t get led on unless you are following along. In the world of dating and relationships, you’ve got to take responsibility for protecting your heart, by learning to identify and walk away from relationships that are NOT reciprocal. Don’t continue giving and giving, when you’re getting nothing back in return. Set limits, boundaries, and teach people how they can and can’t treat you. Because the patterns you see in a dating relationship, you will also see in marriage.
Step Out of Your Comfort Zone: No matter what personality type you are, it’s important to step out of your comfort zone when it comes to meeting and interacting with people, especially those of the opposite sex. Guys are always telling me how hard it is to read women, and how it would be so much easier if women would drop a few hints to let a guy know if they’re interested. There’s something to be said of that.
Men are looking for your interest before they will approach you with theirs.
But I get it ladies, no one wants to come across as desperate. But I think there is a way to show you’re available without acting desperate. So check your body language, your social skills, and your conversation – and make sure you’re sending off signals that are just as open as your heart.
Become a Real Woman: If you’re anything like me, you’re feeling the suffocating weight of our cultural pressure to fit this unrealistic mold of the “perfect woman”. It’s like Proverbs 31 woman meets America’s Next Top Model. But seriously…who of us can achieve (much less maintain) that kind of a image?
At the end of the day, becoming a “real” woman has nothing to do with our curves, chemistry, or sex appeal – and everything to do with our character. As important as it is to be healthy and strong physically (and I agree that it is), it’s even more important for us as women to take initiative in becoming healthy and strong spiritually and emotionally…because our character is the ONLY things that will last in a life long marriage.
Like I always say, human beings are magnetic! As women, you will always attract a man who is on your level of spiritual/emotional health. Stepping up your dating game, means you take responsibility for your piece to the puzzle, by becoming as healthy and whole as you can while standing alone….and then watch the kind of people that eventually brings into your life.
Being a woman doesn’t mean you sit around twiddling your fingers until that guy asks you out. It means that you take responsibility, try new things, and take initiative to become the best version of yourself.
Then watch…and see what happens.
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Debra Fileta is a Professional Counselor, speaker, and author of True Love Dates: Your Indispensable Guide to Finding the Love of Your Life, 21 Days to Jump Start Your Love Life, and 21 Days to Pray For Your Love Life – where she writes candidly about dating, relationships, and how to find true love. You may also recognize her voice from her 150+ articles at Relevant Magazine or Crosswalk.com! She’s also the creator of this True Love Dates Blog! Connect with her on Facebook or Twitter or book a session with her today!