Why Can’t You Find Love? 12 Reasons Why Love Hasn’t Found You Yet

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“Adam, I’m so frustrated. I simply can’t find love. I’ve tried! I give up.”

I hear this from Sexy Confidence members all the time.

I know it’s maddening, especially if you spent years in a relationship with the wrong guy. You want to finally know what it is to be in love…so why haven’t you found it?

The Secret to Finding Love

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Can’t find love? It might not be the right time.

Before you decide that there’s no one out there for you, I want to say that I absolutely know there is. You just haven’t met him.

If you spent years in a relationship with a man who ended up not being The One, it’s understandable that you don’t want to waste any more time being single or dating the wrong guys.

You’re impatient. I get it. But it hasn’t been the right time for you to find the man you’re supposed to spend your life with. But he’ll come along, and probably sooner than you expect.

Can’t Find Love? Here’s the Reason Why

If you’ve been blaming yourself, deciding that you are the reason you can’t find love, I want you to cut yourself some slack. It’s nothing you’re deliberately doing that is keeping you from finding Mr. Right…but there may be some things that need to happen in your life before the stars align and you find him. Everything happens when it’s supposed to.

Still, it can be helpful to identify a few reasons why things may be stalled out in your love life. See which of the following reasons you can’t find love resonate with you.

1. You’re Not Done Healing from Past Pain

You may think you’re over past heartbreak, but the fact of the matter is: it takes a lot longer than you’d think to get over a relationship that lasted for years.

Some people say you need one year to heal for every 5-7 years of marriage or relationship. Others say you need a month for every year you were together. I know a lot of women who agree with this timeline. Of course, it depends on whether you were glad for the relationship to end…whether he cheated or lied…and what the breakup looked like.

But if you’re still in your first year of healing and are frustrated because you haven’t fallen in love again…it’s probably because you still have some grief and pain to process, whether you think you do or not. Be easy on yourself and allow the space to process feelings from past relationships before you start another.

2. You Don’t Really Want to Be in a Relationship


You think you want to be in a relationship…as long as it doesn’t interfere with your active social life and Netflix bingeing. You’d like to have a hot man to take you out…but aren’t really willing to give what it takes to be a good partner.

In theory, you want a boyfriend or even a husband. But if you dig deep down, you have to admit that your life is pretty fabulous as it is, no man required.

Own this, you Sexy, Confident lady! Many women have trouble adjusting to being single and you are completely rocking it! Just don’t feel like you need a man to complete you. This isn’t Jerry Maguire!

3. There Are Other Areas of Your Life You Need to Focus On

You might feel ready for love, but consider whether starting and nurturing a new relationship is really a top priority for you right now.

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If you have kids, you might need to focus on them. If you’re working toward a promotion, you may be putting all your energy into your professional development. You might have a friend going through a hard time who you want to be there for.

It’s important to assess what areas of your life need attention at any given moment. If you’re honest with yourself, you might realize that you really don’t have a lot of time or energy to dedicate to a new relationship right now, and that’s okay.

4. You Still Have Some Inner Work to Do

Besides maybe needing to take a little more time to heal after being hurt in past relationships, are there other things you need to work on personally that keep you from finding love right now?

Maybe past partners have told you that you’re selfish…and you want to be better in your next relationship.

Maybe you are quick to anger…and want to learn to control your temper so your next relationship isn’t filled with arguments.

Maybe you’re adrift in knowing who you are after being in a long relationship…and need to understand what you need at this point in your life.

Don’t get me wrong: we ALL have inner work to do, and it will never be complete. But one reason you can’t find love right now may be because there are really important things that you need to work on so that you will be the best partner possible when you do find it.

5. You’re Looking for a Partner to Make You Happy

You’re pretty miserable in your life right now.

“If only I had a loving man in my life,” you sigh, “then I would finally be happy.”

The problem with this attitude is that if you always put your happiness on external factors (like having a boyfriend), you will never truly be happy. Here’s a little secret life lesson I’ve learned: only you can make yourself happy.

Men may come and go, but you are the constant in your life. If you’re always looking for the next guy…or that lottery ticket…or a better job to make you happy, you will always come up short. But if you learn to be happy regardless of what’s going on in your life, you will attract a man who may make you happy…but you don’t need him to.

6. You’re Being too Picky

“I’m not picky, Adam! I’m selective!”

Call it what you will: if you’re overlooking perfectly qualified men for the role of boyfriend, you’re shooting yourself in the foot.

I get it: in the era of swiping completely based on looks, it’s all too easy to be superficial and swipe left without really reading a man’s dating profile. And hey, with such a selection of hotties, shouldn’t you only pick the cream of the crop?

Girl, you’re not 20 anymore. You know better than to base compatibility completely on appearances. That toned blond guy on Bumble might be a complete d-bag…while the balding accountant would treat you like a rock star.

Or maybe you meet a man and have little in common with him, so you write him off. In my experience, you don’t need to have the same music interests and hobbies to click with a man. It’s more important that your social values are the same. He might love heavy metal (which you detest) but if you’re both liberal, pug-lovers, and extroverts, you’re already off to a good start.

I’m going to ask you to do something for me: the next time you have the opportunity to go out with a man that you don’t think is a good fit…go anyway. At the very least, you get dinner or drinks and kill a few hours. But you just might be surprised at how things work out!

7. You’re Not Putting Yourself Out There

“I’ve looked EVERYWHERE for a man! There are none to be found!”

Hey. I’m onto you. If by everywhere, you mean you’ve looked on your porch when the pimply-faced pizza delivery driver shows up or around the office (which is primarily female), then you’re really not putting in the effort to meet as many men as possible.

It takes work; I’ll give you that. You’ll have to shower, put makeup on, and hit pause on your Netflix binge. You’ll have to go to singles events…sometimes by yourself. That will make you uncomfortable.

Rather than staring at your phone screen when waiting in lines, look around. Make eye contact. Smile at people.

Ask your friends if they know any single men. It’s not desperate to do so. They may not even be aware that you’re looking…or may not have gone through their mental Rolodexes to find a great guy for you without being asked.

Try dating apps. It’s good practice for talking to men…and then going on dates with them.

Whatever you try, just try something. Otherwise, you can’t complain about the fact that you can’t find love.

8. You’re Afraid of Getting Hurt Again

hurt woman

Getting hurt sucks. Why put yourself through it again?

You’ve been unbelievably hurt by a man (or maybe even more than one). I understand that your instinct is to pull into your shell so that it doesn’t happen again. But at the same time…you want to fall in love and have it be right.

You can’t have both. Yes, love sometimes comes with heartbreak, but with the right man, you won’t be hurt the way you have been.

It will take time to open up your heart again to be vulnerable to someone new. Take your time, but realize that doing so provides much more reward than risk.

9. You Don’t Know What You Want

You want a boyfriend who’s from another country that can woo you in another language…

…or a firefighter. Those are sexy…

…or maybe a nice, stable divorced man with kids.

The truth is, you don’t know what you want…and maybe you didn’t realize that you needed to know. After all, when you last dated, you didn’t think about what you wanted in a man or a relationship. But look where that got you.

It’s a fact: spending time reflecting on what you want in a partner can help you actually find a guy with those qualities. Make a list of what you want in a man...and realize that nothing is silly! You can have details about what he looks like and his profession, but don’t overlook his values (honest, hard-working, intellectual) and interests.

The more you date, the more you’ll know which qualities are important to you, and your list may need to be modified. You might think you really really want to date a tall racecar driver, but then after dating one, you realize that a man who is caring and sensitive is much more important than having a certain profession.

10. You’re Focusing on What You DON’T Want

Or maybe you think you already know what you want in a guy…only it’s a list of what he shouldn’t be.

He shouldn’t be a cheater…

…he shouldn’t live with his mother…

…he shouldn’t have kids…

By focusing on what you don’t want, you’re not actually zeroing in on what you do want.

And whether you believe in the Law of Attraction or not, experts have found that it’s just as possible to manifest negative results as positive ones…depending on how you frame your request. So if you say…

“I want a man who doesn’t cheat on women.”

What the Universe hears is:

“I want a man…cheat on women.”

It conveniently misses the “doesn’t” part! So if you’ve been focusing on all the aspects that you don’t want in a guy or a relationship, is it any wonder you can’t find love?

Instead, frame your desires positively:

“I want a man who is faithful to only me.”

You’re saying the same thing…without the negativity.

11. You’re Dating the Same Types of Guys

Look back at the last few men you dated. Did they share common characteristics, hobbies, or even looks? If so, you might be in a dating rut. For whatever reason, you’re attracted to the same aloof surfers who always end up being emotionally unavailable. Why would you expect this time to be any different?

It’s time to break the pattern. Yes, you might always go for artsy, unbalanced dudes, but open up your horizons. If a statistics geek who’s a closet karaoke lover appears on your radar, give him a chance. He just might show you that a different type can do you good.

12. You Don’t Know How to Make Men Pursue You

shy woman

You’re uncomfortable being pursued. Time to break out of your shell!

Maybe flirting feels awkward. You don’t like male attention. And so you’re a shy wallflower at any event you attend.

I know that not every woman starts out Sexy Confident, but, if you’re willing to put in a little effort, you can easily learn how to get men to pursue you. (Check out the end of this article for help.)


If you feel like you can’t find love and are being hard on yourself, pull back. It’s not your fault. It just may not be the right time. It’s important that you do what’s right for you in your life in this moment, and that might be doing something other than starting a new relationship.

Love doesn’t work on a timeline. You may kiss a lot of frogs before you finally find your Prince. So enjoy the process and get some kissing practice in!

Let’s hear from you ladies. Did any of these reasons you can’t find love resonate? What are you going to do to get to a place in your life where you’re ready to embrace a new love?

And if you need a little help learning how to get men to pursue you, check out my free training, where I’ll teach you 3 simple ways to make him pursue you, making you feel sexy and confident.

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5 years ago

I believe you could somehow include something about working on one’s appearance. I have lived in several countries and find that guys are just simply turned off by fat woman. If one is fat, one is invisible. No matter how good one is in other areas of life. And if there is no way to really get rid of the extra weight, then one is literally doomed, maybe one should consider moving to a different country? And another thing, is how to accept that perhaps one was not meant to find someone, how to work on accepting being alone, how… Read more »

Samantha Taylor
4 years ago
Reply to  Mirtha

Well if your fat, work on loving that. Dont write yourself off for being fat. I see heavy people in relationships/marriages all the time. Fat women married to thin men, muscular masculine men, men in shape. If someone is hating on your shape then theyre shallow, there not meant for you anyway, your own thoughts included. This article is bogus. I pay attention to people everywhere i go and engage in conversation all the time and have been single for years. I find a lot of people are looking down, which is a sign of low self worth, or are… Read more »

Ashley Wentworth
1 year ago

I understand your frustration towards dating apps. However, you probably haven’t tried online dating the correct way. (I honestly don’t mean that in a condescending way.) – It’s just that many women don’t know how to optimize their dating profile to meet the right kind of men. There are little tips and tricks where you can quite literally filter out time wasters. Michael Fiore has a whole guide on this called Online Allure and it’s brilliant. You can find it at: http://www.WhatsHeWants.info – There’s also plenty of evidence that couples who meet online, are more likely to stay together. This… Read more »

1 year ago

Ashley, many men and women that found love with one another were without a doubt very extremely lucky to be at the right place at the right time.

1 year ago

Yeah, don’t have children. Don’t have a big nose and wear glasses. No love exists when you’re a 50+ year old woman.

5 years ago

thank you so much… you have no Idea how spot on this message is for me… I hit almost all the reasons. many blessings to you for what you do… thank you again

Sara Swope
5 years ago

All of the above! Lol!!

5 years ago

Pretty much all of them! Lol

Reply to  Susan

Hi Susan

9 months ago

Hey Susan

5 years ago

I’m looking for a big guy. What mean
stout guy.

4 years ago

I think everyone needs to be realistic about what is available in the dating world. Too many people think they deserve only nines or tens, and they are maybe a five or six. Sorry but many people overvalue themselves. Also be friendly and polite. So many women I see look angry, annoyed, or wear the game face of “don’t mess with me or else” look. Guys get it, we look elsewhere. Finally be interesting –know something you can talk about intelligently. It’s such a disappointment to meet a person who seems to have nothing to say of value or merit.… Read more »

3 years ago
Reply to  Michael

Most of these type of very pathetic women today unfortunately just want the very best of all, and will never settle for less.

4 years ago

The real problem is that single women are looking for the Mr. Perfect type of man, especially if he has a ton of money since many women these days are just real Gold Diggers to begin with unfortunately. Funny how back in the old days that most women didn’t have much at all, and today they want everything that they never had back then. Very high maintenance women that are also very greedy, selfish, spoiled, picky, and very very money hungry nowadays altogether.

4 years ago

Most women are very high maintenance as it is which is why they will just grow very old all alone with a bunch of cats anyway, especially the ones that are so very stuck up and really think they’re all that. Have a lot of fun with your cats ladies.

4 years ago
Reply to  James

Not true. Many MEN are high maintenance. Sometimes you can give a woman a chance. She could be………………………SHY (I’ve known many women who appear stuck up when they’re shy!!!!) or not feeling too assured around men.
Give women a break – we give men a break as well.

By the way, men also live with cats. Have fun with them, men

3 years ago
Reply to  helena

You women are really at fault, why so many of us men are still single today.

2 years ago
Reply to  James

Im a low maintenance woman, a Great cook, a good job, pay my bills, spoiled my last guy to death, supported his friends, his hobbies, stood by him for 18 years, and literally helped him get his life back…… Found out he had an illegal alien mistress from Columbia for the last year of our relationship. He spent 37K on her but couldn’t take me out to the burger king. She got the wedding “she deserved” (his words) and I got…….. cheated and lied to. So please tell me did I deserve that? I’m not looking for Mr Perfect. Far… Read more »

2 years ago
Reply to  Sarah

Sarah, I was very committed and loved my ex wife very much before she cheated on me. She just turned out to be a real low life loser unfortunately, and i was a very happy man at that time thinking that i had finally found the one. When she started coming home late from work, then i realized she was cheating on me since i had her followed. She did it quite often, which i knew then something was wrong. Now finding love again is very hard for me, since i would love very much to meet a good woman… Read more »

1 year ago
Reply to  Sarah

Sarah there are plenty of us good single men out there, but you women don’t want us.

The Known Truth
4 years ago

Nowadays most women have very high standards unfortunately. And they just can’t even commit to only one man anymore either since they sleep around so much. They just had a couple on TV that just celebrated their 82nd year together. Most women in those days were very faithful, and so were a lot of men as well.

4 years ago

I don’t know about most women but I’m one woman that was brought up with morals and to treat people with respect and decency which is all I ask in return. Yes I may need to work on my self love and I probably am choosing the same types of men but I’ve always gone more for a man’s personality rather than looks because I feel that a person’s personality brings out their looks. But of course you got to have that initial attraction to begin that conversation , getting to know etc. I’ve done the online dating scene and… Read more »

4 years ago
Reply to  Lori

Now that so many women these days are very high maintenance, independent, very greedy, selfish, spoiled, picky, cheaters, gold diggers, sleep around so much, can’t commit to just only one man, think they’re all that, well that certainly explains it very much why so many of us good single men can’t find love at all today. Women have really changed today from the past when love was very easy to find back then. Quite a change since the old days when most women at that time accepted and loved their men for who they really were, and money was never… Read more »

4 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

You certainly nailed it.

3 years ago

Years ago love came very easy to find, since it was a much different time back then. Today most women just can’t accept a man for who he really is anymore, especially most women now just want a man with a lot of money unfortunately. So finding love really isn’t easy at all for many of us single men, now that women have really changed today from the past.

3 years ago

Funny how very easy it was to find love in the old days with no problem at all either, and our family members were real proof how very lucky and blessed that they really were back then when they met one another. And today finding love is like looking for a needle in a haystack, especially for many of us single men still looking and hoping.

3 years ago

Most of these single women nowadays are narcissists and real gold diggers, which has a lot to do with it.

2 years ago

I know a woman who’s single and was recently kinda down about still being single after she turned 44 recently. Since I’ve known her (almost 6 years now), I’ve always heard her talk about wanting a partner and a monogamous relationship. However, since I’ve known her, I mostly hear more about her having different friends with benefits and/or flings with different guys. Don’t get me wrong, she’s gone on some dates, has been on a bunch of different dating apps, worked with a match-maker, etc., and no luck. She seems to blame it on the guys she’s meeting instead of… Read more »

Last edited 2 years ago by Anonymous
2 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

With most women nowadays that are very independent which it has a lot to do with it as well. A great majority of these women just like to party and sleep around with different men all the time, instead of settling down with just only one man unfortunately. That is why many of us single men have a very difficult time meeting a good woman, since a lot of us men aren’t single by choice at all to begin with. And many women nowadays are very high maintenance, spoiled, greedy, selfish, and very money hungry as well. And i myself… Read more »

The Very Sad Truth
9 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Anonymous, So many women nowadays as it is are real basket cases and very pathetic altogether. It has really become very extremely dangerous for many of us single guys to really approach a woman that we would really like to meet and talk too since we now have to be very careful of sexual harassment as well on top of it all.

2 years ago

As a single man looking to meet a good woman to settle down with, and i really wish that i could go back in time when most women were very old fashioned. And most women were very friendly too as well since they were real ladies, and that certainly made love very easy to find back then as well. Today it is like looking for a needle in a haystack for many of us men now still looking.

1 year ago

Why can’t I find love? Because I’m 51 years old with 11 and 9 year old daughters. Period.

1 year ago

It’s not that I can’t find love, but I can’t love anyone. Everyone is nice but I can’t continue with them. Why so?

1 year ago

Then there are many of us single guys that were never single by choice either.

1 year ago

The only reason why I never have manage to find real love because im a gay guy no matter how much im outside among people I cant find anyone else who is gay because I dont know who is gay and who is not. The only place i ever have chances to meet other gay men is on dating sites but they never seem to work at all because everytime i talk to a guy he seem interessted and nice in the begining but after a while he start to act strange towards me and never seemd interessted to begin… Read more »

1 year ago
Reply to  erik

So many Gay women nowadays are keeping many of us straight guys single since these women are the real cause of it, especially when we will try to start a conversation with them and then they will be so very nasty to us for no reason and will just walk away from us. Go figure.

11 months ago

I’m a 52 year old woman with young kids. I’m ghosted as soon as I say I have children. It’s the first line in all the profiles I’ve ever created, but nobody bothers to read it. I don’t fit in with my age group because of the kids, and the men my age want nothing to do with young kids. Maybe you need to point out having kids is a death sentence.

This Happened To Me
11 months ago
Reply to  A#1B*TCH

Most of the time i always meet very nasty narcissists feminists stuck up women when i will try to start a conversation with them by just saying good morning or hello just to hopefully get to talk too them which never works out for me at all, and they’re usually very nasty to me for no reason at all and will just walk away.

9 months ago

It seems difficult for me to find the kinda woman I need. What should I do?

The Very Sad Truth
9 months ago
Reply to  Jeremy

Jeremy, Unfortunately most women today as it is aren’t friendly at all even when many of us single guys will try to start a conversation with them. Go figure.

9 months ago

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The Sad Truth
6 months ago

With most women feeling very entitled nowadays makes it much worse for many of us single men looking for love now altogether.

5 months ago

Some believe single women seek an ideal man with wealth, citing a shift from simpler desires to high expectations, including materialism.

That Is The Problem
3 months ago

Just too many very entitled women everywhere nowadays that are the real problem and very much too blame altogether as well.

5 months ago

Finding love through all these sites is not so easy, but it’s not impossible.

3 months ago

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