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You’re probably thinking, this is going to be another random column about a random fella who doesn’t understand how dating works, mainly because he failed so many times. While part of that is true (I’m a picky guy), it is no secret that the dating game has changed drastically. People have more access to options, most people don’t want to be committed, the list goes on. However, I am here to tell you that if you are single and want to be in a relationship, I want to let you know the secret is to not to chase.
Before I continue, I need to provide some background information about myself. I graduated from from a 4-year university in 2016. I am currently residing in Richmond, Virginia as a Medical Sales Representative. The job provides a lot of opportunities, plus Richmond can be a fun place to live. Long story short, I’m a deal closer and very family-oriented. I have a work hard, play harder mentality and I’m always content for what lies ahead. Life is good. No reason for me to complain right?
Well since I graduated, I’ve been on countless dates. From dates where I know for a fact that we wouldn’t work out 5 minutes in, to dates where I saw a lot of potential but, in the end, they aren’t willing to pull their weight. I was chasing dates constantly for the hope that something great would come out of it. However, until recently, I realize I am doing the dating game wrong. Dating is a two-way street, and if I don’t see an investment, then I am not going to waste my time. No one is perfect, but that shouldn’t give me a reason to not be choosy.
Yes, I want to be in a relationship. I want to go home after making a big sale, with my significant other who is also coming back from a long day of work kicking ass, have a couple glasses of wine, watch Anthony Bourdain’s: Parts Unknown while we joke about why Guy Fieri looks like a new Dorito flavor mixed with hair gel, and then eventually have intense sex while The Revivalists is playing in the background, because hell, who wouldn’t want that? However, I believe collectively, the chasing for a relationship needs to stop.
I want to point out there is nothing wrong with showing interest to another. I am not talking about that. Showing interest is a clear indication you like the other person, and it is up to that other person to communicate back clearly. I am talking about chasing something that you don’t see any sort of hint to continue. Basically, you decide to show interest, you don’t get any sort of obvious clue that the other person thinks of you the same way, and you continue to push interest while they put you in the back burner. For those of you that do this consistently after weeks or even a few days, I guarantee you are wasting your time and energy. If you show you have interest constantly, not only it can show desperation, it can also show insecurity. For anyone still reading, you are better than this.
Getting someone to like you is like sales, in a sense. If people want to connect with you, it is not because they like you, it is because you like them. A salesperson understands this fully and takes this input to their daily lives. If someone doesn’t show interest, it’s because they are either undecided or not interested in you. Plain and simple. There could be multiple reasons why they aren’t ready or not interested, however, the result is the same and you shouldn’t waste your time to ponder the “why?”
Instead of worrying on trying to get him/her to focus on you, focus on yourself. Become a better human being, because that will attract others. People are attracted to others who see self-improvement, it’s science. The beautiful thing is everyone can do this, because humans are an imperfect species. There are plenty of ways to start. Here are a few examples:
– Spend more time with your family
– Get into a gym routine and stick with it
– Volunteer in your community more often
– Focus on your work and get that promotion you want
– Travel more and embrace different cultures
– Adopt a foster dog and train him/her daily
– Pick up a new musical instrument/learn to read music
If you focus on yourself, you focus on what is best for you. Not only is it fulfilling, but it makes you a better person. People will come and go, yes. However, the ones who stay will know your worth. It is time for you to take control instead of someone else driving your emotions.
Just try it for a few weeks. You will realize the only person you need to impress is yourself, and there is no better feeling than accomplishing something you did on your own..
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