Be honest. Without oversharing and making the date all about you, avoid withholding important information, such as whether or not you have kids, if you are planning on relocating anytime soon and if you have been engaged or married before. It is not necessary to spill this all at once, but be mindful of telling the truth if your date asks. Do your best to be upfront and avoid lying and deception.
Relax and take the pressure off yourself. Acting as your most authentic self requires calm nerves and comfort in your own skin. Prior to the date, give yourself an empowering pep talk, take deep breaths, listen to your favorite tunes and remind yourself that your date is only as important as you make it.
Dress in a way that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Ladies, do not be too revealing and gentlemen, show your date that you put some effort into your appearance. Consider what you will be doing on your date, the location and weather when picking out an outfit.
Resist getting caught up in pretending…anything. Be your unique self, give input and laugh off the awkwardness. Perfection is an impossible goal, so set the intention to be authentic and grounded in who you are and what is important to you.
Have a healthy mindset, be open-minded and stay in the present moment. Remind yourself that dating is not about being picked. You are the chooser too and it is important to mutually connect. The nature of dating is not one-sided so let go of any “does she or he like me?” type thoughts and bring your attention back to learning about your date and figuring out if you are interested as well.