As we get older, the harder it gets to meet the right person. So much time is spent these days on online dating that people have almost forgotten how to meet someone face to face and go on a date with an actual person. Instead of concentrating your energies into getting them, use that time and energy to make them want you instead. Remember that if you think that they're so fabulous, chances are other people do too but to concentrate on making yourself the person that stands out from all the rest, you have to keep an air of mystery. Don't let it all fly out the first time you meet someone you think you may be interested in. This will only bores them, let them want to meet you again to find out more. Let them have questions about who you are and what you do, to wonder about you. Also, keep an open mind, your good-looking, intelligent, popular, ideal person, may just be intelligent and average looking so don't just look at the outside make sure they have some attractiveness on the inside also. However, if your mind is locked on false hopes, you're in danger of letting your soul-mate slip out of your hands, and while you're still looking ten years from now, he would be making someone else happy instead of you.
Don't, look for your prospective partner at a club, pub, bar. The kind of person you'll meet here is the kind of person looking for part-time relationships. No one looking for a potential spouse/partner intends to find them there. Also don't think that everyone you meet is a potential long-time partner. No one wants to feel as if they're being tied down at their first encounter with someone. Everyone wants to experience the freshness of 'will it won't it' with their encounters, and likes to build up a romantic relationship slowly. Don't ask them to reveal too much about themselves to start with. There are things people would rather keep private. When they trust you, they'll volunteer the information without you having to ask. They'll feel better about this and may feel threatened if you seem to pry too much into their personal life. Also do not look for the perfect person in your head when you start out. Keep in mind that the person in your head is someone you've made up and is not real. Of course do not compromise your standards on important things like personality traits, but remember that no one can look perfect on the outside.