Self-Sabotage: Are You Keeping Yourself Single?

Let's face it, you're a great catch. Hot, fun, loads of friends, cool job, lots of interesting things to say and fascinating hobbies. Yet you still can't seem to land a mate. What gives?

Could it be that you're getting in your own way? You could be sabotaging your attempts at meeting that special someone if...

You're Never Alone

While you might love the reassurance of bringing backup to the bar, most of us aren't comfortable approaching a stranger in front of a big gang of his or her friends. Who wants to be rejected in front of an audience? Plus, by limiting yourself to just one wingman (or woman) or by flying solo, you're likely to circulate and meet more folks.

You Never Vary Your Routine

You're probably not going to meet many new prospects by visiting the same places at the same times with the same people. Switch it up! Catch a cool new band in a different venue. Get to know acquaintances better on their turf. Say yes to the stuff you'd normally say no to.

You've Got Sky High Standards

Do you size up every potential mate with a mental checklist of specific requirements? Or are you waiting for the right love to come along and finally make your life "perfect"? Think you'll spend every hour together, talking about your hopes and dreams? Kick those high expectations to the curb and you'll invite real, beautifully flawed love in.

You Won't Be Set Up

Open up to the opportunity of meeting people. When your friend vows to introduce you to "this great guy," let her for once. Spread the word that you're willing to be set up. And at least log on to a dating website to see what's out there. You never know.

You're Trying Too Hard

You've grown weary of hearing your well-meaning friends tell you that you'll meet someone when you're not looking. But they say that because it's true. Nothing scares a date away faster than desperation, so fill your life up by doing the things that make you happy. In addition to the increased likelihood that you'll meet someone who happens to enjoy those same things, you'll also have the attractive glow of someone who doesn't need a lover to supply their every happiness.

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Try These Pickup Lines

  • Can I call you 'cotton candy'? You feel like cotton, and you taste like candy.
  • You'll do.
  • Baby, you make me melt like an M & M in your mouth.
  • You look a lot like my future wife.
  • I've got $10!