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When a woman gets engaged, one of the questions she will likely be asked is “how did you know he was the one?” It is a valid question but it’s probably one that should be asked long before getting engaged. Much like getting engaged, deciding to be in a committed relationship is a step that should not be entered into lightly. So how do you know that you are ready for that step? Here are a few indicators to help you figure out if you are ready for a relationship.

1. You’ve mastered being single.

I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to be secure and confident with yourself as a single lady BEFORE getting into a relationship. Singleness is not a death sentence and, in fact, it is the best time to discover yourself. Use that time wisely to focus on growing your career, laying the right financial foundation, and having a damn good time! Once you have learned how to operate as a woman by yourself, you will be that much more equipped to give your best in a relationship.

2. You don’t say things like “I need a man to complete me.”

WRONG. You need to complete yourself. This goes right in line with mastering your singleness. You will know you are ready for a relationship when you don’t need to be in one to be happy. The best relationships thrive when people go into them fully secure and whole. No empty vessels.

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Fear of commitment is not just a “man thing.”

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       3. You are done with “the list.”

Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with having standards or preferences (note: there is a BIG difference) and wanting a man who has all or, at least, most of the most important qualities on your list. The challenge comes when your list is a bunch of superficial and unrealistic expectations. You’ll know you’re ready for a committed relationship when what you desire is the right man that has morals, ambition, and important factors that align with who you are and what matters to you most.

4. You’re not easily distracted.

       Fear of commitment is not just a “man thing.” If you are in a…situation…where you find yourself looking for the next best thing or you feel that you are missing out on something or someone better, then you may not be ready for a relationship (or you simply need to get out of the one you’re currently in). Being satisfied with who you have is a good indicator that you are ready to move out of the friend zone and into something more.

5. You don’t sweat the small stuff.

Good relationships require reasonable people. If you are the type that nitpicks about every little thing, you’re not ready. Every relationship has its own set of challenges, so if you’re spending a lot of time on the things that shouldn’t matter, you may have a difficult time with the things that should. But, if you have learned to accept, ignore, or deal with the small stuff without causing damage in the process, you’re in good shape. 

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