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How Do I Know He's The One?


While at coffee together, a new friend asked me some questions about her dating relationship. They met about six months prior, both recently out of very long term relationships, spent a lot of their time together, referred to one another as boyfriend and girlfriend. When I suggested that perhaps this was a relationship of convenience, for both of them, the woman asked, "Well, how do I know he's The One?" 

As I get this question a lot from my workshops, singles events, clients, and friends, I'll share here what I shared with her. First off, though, let's talk about the concept of The One.

The Only One, Is You

There is only one relationship in your life that will last forever, and that's the one with yourself. Think about it, let it settle in, and recognize the truth in this statement. It's only you. Everyone, eventually, will leave for some reason or another. 

If we look at relationships from this standpoint, we have to then come to the conclusion that there can't be just One Guy That Makes Us Happy.

Really, there can just be you that makes you happy -- because if you're seeking happiness outside yourself, it'll go away when they do. Your happiness tied to another person's actions, beliefs, or behaviors? That sounds like a powerless, kind of scary place to me. (I should note that there's zero judgment in this statement - I was there myself not that long ago). 

If I'm The One, Then What?

So if we're the only Ones that can make ourselves happy, it changes things a bit, doesn't it? It requires a bit of time to shift this belief -- take a peek at How To Love Yourself if you're needing a bit of support along these lines. 

The most logical thought though, once you've settled into this concept, is that there are many, many Ones out there. By taking responsibility for your own happiness, and refusing to give that power to anyone else, you open up the possibility that there's many folks out there that you can partner with long term. 

Yes, But... 

This is where my friend got stuck, and where many of my clients do, too. This is where the fears start cropping up. The "reasons" appear as to why this isn't possible, why you can't, haven't, might not find anyone better. "I went on X number of dates, and he was the first normal one!" exclaimed my friend. "There aren't any good men left in city Y," said another. "I'm too old, too fat, too this or that," say pretty much everyone else.

This, my dear readers, is fear. Fear that you won't get what you want, that you can't have your dreams come true, that you have to live in "reality", and your reality sucks somehow. But wait a minute... aren't we responsible for our own happiness? 

Love Yourself, First

That's right, I'm suggesting you now actually go back to that article I suggested earlier, and learn to love yourself. When you do, and really, truly take the time to work through your "stuff", you'll find that these kinds of fears dissolve almost effortlessly once you shine a light on them. The thing is, most of us are too scared to shine that light for what we might find.

My friend shared, "Well my ex left me for a 25-year-old stripper!" and I replied, "That's awesome!" She was stunned, and couldn't understand how or why I'd see this as a good thing. Let me explain.

The friend, whom I'll call Janice for ease, had convinced herself that this stripper was a horrible person, and her ex an even worse one. Yet when we love ourselves and take responsibility for our own happiness, we choose to see how these situations benefit us instead. So my thought process, which I shared out loud, was, "It's awesome because now you never have to deal with your ex's crap any more! Woohoo! Thank you, stripper, thank you so much for taking him off my hands, and ensuring I never have to question his fidelity again. Now, he'll be constantly questioning hers!" 

When I finished, Janice started laughing. She got it, and there was little other than relief. She felt better. She chose a better feeling thought, and she took responsibility for her own happiness. Like I said to her, "This is all still true, we just told a different story that makes us feel happy". She agreed.

What About The One?

You might think I've gotten off track here, but trust me, we're going exactly where we need to be. When we look at ourselves as worthy of love, and powerful creators of our own happiness, our relationships change. They have to. Not only that, we start to see our partners differently. When we're not looking for someone else to fill our needs, prove we're worthy, or show the world just how much someone else loves us, whom we attract and are attracted to, changes. 

As an example, I'll use Janice again. We didn't have this conversation (she wasn't ready for it), but this is what I would have said to her, had she been wiling to try and love herself completely. 

"So, this guy that you're wondering if he's The One or not. How does he make himself happy? Does he know what that looks like? Does he do it often? Or does he just look to you, look to sex, look to your relationship, to define himself?" (If she was honest, she'd see quite clearly that this man was just as lost as her, and had no clue who he was or what he wanted without a partner to tell him. This is a good thing!)

"How about you? Are you happy whether this guy is around or not? Do you know if you want the same things, or are you too scared to ask?" I did say this last part, and it came out quickly that she wants kids within the next few years, while he's not in a position in his life to start a family in the near future. Ah.. okay. We found the fear again.

When we love ourselves, we recognize that these kinds of situations have nothing to do with us, therefore there's nothing to fear. We just know, "Oh, that's cool. He's not ready, and I am. He's still amazing, he's just a better match for someone else." When we take the time to love ourselves, we know with every certainity that we'll find what we want, of course, we deserve it, and if we stick around in someone's life that doesn't want the same thing, well, we're only hurting ourselves.

So, to me, Janice's boyfriend isn't The One. He's one of her Ones, because he's shown her - should she choose to see it this way - a new path, a way to her own happiness, and a method to ensure she honors herself, first. He's just likely not the guy she'll marry or have kids with. 

Still struggling with this concept of The One, or whether your guy is The Guy For You? Take a peek at my love coaching packages for more, individualized support and guidance, or just to say hi. 


source: about.com




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