Dating After Divorce: But We Had a Great Connection!

Many of my clients come to their coaching session, uttering this about a recent dating disappointment:  "But we had such a great connection!"  Yup, you know what that’s like – when you feel like you each really seem to "GET" each other. You have a lot of eye contact and talk like you’ve known each other forever. You were having a great time and you KNOW he was too.

So why didn’t he call? Why no second or third date? What went wrong? How could such a great connection just evaporate?

First of all, most women immediately assume they did something wrong.  I’m happy to report that usually, it’s totally untrue.  Often the dropped ball and lack of call have little if anything to do with you.  Maybe your guy was dating several women, had to go out of town, got preoccupied with work, or wasn’t really available to date you anyway.  But it might have seemed like a good idea to him n that moment when he was enjoying your company.

Second, this connection thing is most likely more of a woman’s concern than a man’s.  Women place a tremendous amount of importance on this connection. You’ve got to have it with a man, and when you do – you start believing it means something to HIM too.  Like having that connection is a guarantee to a future together because who could let that go?

Who could walk away from that feeling of connection?  Men.  And they do it all the time.

What does this connection thing really mean? Well, its’ a lot like chemistry.  Many women tell me they have to have that sizzling, on fire, tingling-all-over chemistry or they just aren’t interested.  Men without that chemistry or connection get passed over easily.  Women just walk away – because he doesn’t do it for you.

So – here’s a crucial question for you.  Of all the men you’ve had that ha-cha-cha chemistry with, the connection that goes directly and deeply into your heart like no other, how many of those relationships have worked out long-term?

Think back now carefully.  Be honest about this.  My bet is, if you had that chemistry or connection for a long-term relationship, it was a rocky road.  Am I right?  Please let me know if I’m not.

Now I’m not saying you can’t be very attracted to the right man for you – of course you need to find him attractive.  And, you need to feel like you can talk to and understand each other deeply.  All I’m saying is that when you meet a man who you feel this way about, don’t think he automatically feels the same.  Because he might not.

Be smart.  When you feel yourself hopping on board the connection/chemistry express – remember YOU ARE RIDING IN THAT CAR ALONE.  Don’t put all your emotions and hope on that ride because it might not deliver the romance you anticipate.  When you become aware of this situation, it’s time to distract yourself to keep from building it up in your mind.

Instead, go about your business and do what you can to not over-think it.  This minimizes your potential disappointment and keeps both feet on the ground.  And if by chance, time proves out that your connection is mutual and your man demonstrates consistency and frequency, then you can start relaxing into your budding relationship.

Single for too long, Ronnie wanted to find love. So, she made a few tweaks and then dated 30 men in 15 months to meet her adorable husband Paul. Discovering the keys to midlife dating, she founded It’s Never Too Late for Love to help other smart, successful women find love too! Her mission is to share her proven dating advice  and keen insights about men with women everywhere who are serious about finding love with the right man. Ronnie Ann Ryan, MBA, CCC is a Certified Coach who has helped 1,000’s of midlife women with her Love & Dating Coach services. She’s been featured on BBC’s 5 Live Radio, NBC, ABC, and Fox News, NPR, eHarmony, MSN.com, MORE.com, Connecticut Magazine among others around the world. An established author, you can find her 6 books on Amazon.

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