Be yourself. While this is sounds cliché, it's easy to put up a front and pretend to be someone else in order to attract someone. Your love interest will find out who you really are at some point, so it's better to start a relationship honestly rather than starting a relationship on a lie.
Overcome your fear and insecurities. Falling in love is scary, as it requires putting yourself and your emotions out there. If you're afraid of being hurt, you'll hold yourself back from falling in love. While it's normal to be worried about what the future could hold, don't let it keep you from enjoying a relationship or meeting new people.
Decide what is negotiable and what isn't in a relationship. Figure out whether you can date someone outside your religious or political background. If you want marriage or children in the future, don't date someone who doesn't share those views. If you date someone who doesn't share these values, you'll end up frustrated or resentful in the future.
Figure out the qualities you want in a mate. Physical traits, personality characteristics and future goals are all things you should decide on. While this doesn't have to be a checklist that a partner has to fit exactly, it will help you target the type of person you want.
Meet new people. You can't find Mr. or Ms. Right until you meet him or her. Sign up for adult-education classes, attend parties or sign up for an online dating site. Start conversations with people you meet at the gym, library or laundromat. Put yourself in situations where you can get to know different kinds of people.