In a survey, around 50% of both men and women said they were certain that their current relationship would be permanent. That figure should be more like 100% so it’s alarming that it’s nowhere near.
When starting a relationship, you should feel confident that it could last forever. There is no point in committing to someone without being sure. And yet many couples (around half it seems!) make the same new relationship mistakes.
Don’t worry! Because once you know what the mistakes are, you can avoid them. Read on to find out how to start a relationship and how not to start one.
1. Being Inauthentic and Hiding Things
Let’s say you go on an amazing first date. You talk about your interests and they tell you they love camping. You’ve never set foot in a tent but you want them to like you so you reply, “me too!”
Six months later, you’re awake and shivering in a sleeping bag at 3 am because you can’t admit that you lied. This might sound overdramatic but starting a relationship by hiding things or being inauthentic will never work. You need to give your potential partner the chance to love you for you.
2. Committing to Them Too Soon
Falling head over heels for someone feels amazing. It’s the kind of feeling that convinces you to quit your job and move to their city or give them a key to your place.
But a good piece of relationship advice is to avoid committing too early. Wait until you’re in a more practical state of mind before making big decisions.
3. Ignoring Their Red Flags
Does your potential new partner dislike your clothes, friends, or hobbies? Did they cheat on their last three partners? Did they shower you with affection at the beginning but now they are acting distant?
These are all examples of red flags and you should not start a relationship with a person who has these qualities. If you’ve been single for a long time or keep choosing the wrong people, you can break this cycle. Explore your options before starting a new relationship again.
4. Sacrificing the Rest of Your Life
Despite popular belief, your partner is not “your world.” They should be an important part of your world, but you are a whole individual without them.
One of the best tips for starting a relationship anyone could give you is to not forget about your career, other relationships, and hobbies. Spending all your spare time with your new partner is the quickest way to feel unfulfilled. You will start to resent them for your sacrifices even though you made this decision.
Avoid These Mistakes When Starting a Relationship
Starting a relationship is exciting and it’s tempting to become wrapped up in your feelings for this other person. But it’s a big decision so you should be cautious. And now you know what mistakes to avoid when starting a relationship, you are more likely to go the distance.
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