Don’t settle, period.
If you want to improve your chances of finding the perfect soul mate, you need to stop seeking a “wish list” of qualities. Remember, it’s called a soul mate – not an ego mate, wallet mate, lust mate, or status mate.
While your wish list of qualities may be good in theory (sexy, successful, funny, etc.) there is truly one feeling you should be seeking that is above all of those qualities. The feeling you should be seeking – even before seeking love – is the feeling of safety. If you don’t feel safe with your partner (safe being your true self, safe being vulnerable, etc.) then it will never become true love. In a healthy relationship, your partner should make you feel secure, loved and emotionally intimate.