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3 Ways to change your dating track record

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Make it easy to find Mr. Right

Dating isn't always all it's cracked up to be. One night you have fun — and then the next night you have to pretend to have food poisoning just to escape early. If your dating track record hasn't been great lately, it's time to turn things around. Check out our top dating tips for doing just that.
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Trust your gut

If you've been jumping into relationships without first thinking them through, it's time to resolve to date with more caution. Many women are far too quick to leap into relationships with both feet without first listening to their gut. Any feelings telling them to run the other way get ignored in favor of not being alone. If you don't want to waste time going on date after date with someone who isn't right for you, aim to get more in tune with your feelings. Watch, notice and listen to what your gut tells you right from the start so you can make room for the ones who have a lot more to offer.

Don't settle

Once you know what you want (and what you don't) when it comes to your ideal partner, don't sell yourself short. Many people end up getting frustrated with the search and settle for someone who is merely "OK" rather than a person they really enjoy being with. But is this the best option? We don't think so. Rather than settle for a subpar relationship, don't sell yourself short when it comes to love. It really is much better to be single than in a so-so relationship. While finding someone "perfect" might not be realistic, finding a special person who you really connect with and who makes you happy is doable and worth holding out for.

Be yourself

One of the most important changes you can make to your dating life right now is to be yourself when you meet someone new. So many women end up becoming someone different when they're on a date as a way to try and please the person they're with. But this behavior doesn't do you any favors because if the person you're with doesn't appreciate the real you, he's not a good match. You're much better off being who you really are from the beginning so you can bypass the people who don't like you for you. This small but important change will save enormous amounts of time and energy in the long run — and you'll feel a whole lot better about yourself if you hold yourself in high esteem, rather than try to contort yourself into someone you think is acceptable in someone else's eyes.

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