Once you get into a relationship, it can feel like times moves at warp speed. One moment you’re just dating, and the next you’ve been together for years. Because things can happen so quickly, it’s important to really know yourself before starting a relationship, lest you get swept up in the whirlwind of it all and lose track of yourself and your goals.

But it’s also important to enter a partnership as a whole, well-rounded person — as someone who can contribute to the health of the relationship — because life’s now about the two of you. You’ll want to know how you best communicate, what your weaknesses might be, how you plan to handle finances, how you’ll compromise — the list goes on and on.

When you know these things about yourself prior to getting in a relationship, they will help you have a healthier relationship and help you communicate with your partner.

What You’re Looking For In A Relationship

Nail down a list of traits that describe your ideal partnership before you set out into the dating world. “The start of a new relationship is an exciting period, and it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and forget about your goals for yourself and your relationship.

If You’re Even Ready For A Relationship

When coming out of a long or emotional relationship, it’s totally OK to give yourself time before starting a new one. Take time to heal and evaluate why your previous relationship failed. Plan for self-reflection time to evaluate your part in the ending of the previous relationship.

Your Level Of Self Worth

It’s a good idea to build up your sense of self worth  or self-esteem, self-confidence. It is impossible to be in a healthy relationship if you don’t value yourself. Take an inventory of the qualities you bring to the relationship and be confident in your ability to contribute to the growth and maturity of a blooming romance.

If And When You’ll Be Able to Compromise

Go into a relationship knowing your deal breakers, as well as your boundaries. But remember , your partner is going to be doing the same thing. So, while you shouldn’t ever budge on things that are important to you, it may be necessary to compromise occasionally.

Are you willing to compromise? Can you come to some sort of agreement or understanding? If you cannot give in or compromise from time to time, you may not be ready for a commitment.

 

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