What Does She Want?
Number one question before sorting out your own feelings is deciding whether she’s interested in a serious relationship. No use in debating with yourself for hours if you find out that your girlfriend is only in it for a laugh and a shag. The best way to approach this situation is to at least show your hand to the extent that you admit the thought of an LTR has crossed your mind, but then let her talk. See what she says and pay close attention. It’ll become clear very quickly whether or not she’s considering you as serious relationship material.
What Do You Want?
Once you establish that she’s open to a serious relationship, now comes the part where you have to decide what you want. Go into the conversation knowing at least a little about what your desires are. You don’t have to be 100 percent sure, since part of the reason you’re even broaching to topic is to feel out whether it’s feasible or a good idea, but at least know whether or not you want a serious relationship in your life at all. If the thought of living with someone makes you uncomfortable, you should either say that up front, or reconsider the idea of committing to your girlfriend..
Determining Whether You’re Ready
It’s a simple question with a complex answer. To determine whether you’re ready for a serious relationship, think about how your life might change. No more chatting up girls, even if it’s only flirtation; no more living alone (eventually) with the ability to do whatever you like; taking her schedule into consideration just as much as your own. If you don’t mind being tied to your girlfriend in these ways, then you might be ready for a serious relationship. We’re not saying that she should be able to pull you around on a lead, and nor should you treat her that way, but labeling your relationship a serious relationship, with commitment, is a game changing move.