It is very important to define what you want and need in a dating relationship and in marriage. Then look at your resources. Are you ready to marry? Do you have enough dating experience to feel like you are marrying the right person? Gather as much information as you can on the person you are dating. Take your time and make a wise choice. Definitely compare your choices. If you feel like you don't have a choice, step back and evaluate further. Never rush into a serious relationship. Once you have decided to advance your relationship, develop a plan and get started on improving your relationship. Finally, evaluate your decision and make relationship changes if necessary.