In any aspect of life, having no goal or planned destination is dangerous. How will you know how to get there if you don't know where it is you are going? Having a mindset that marriage is the ultimate objective will help guide you through your dating journey.
Imagine if you were to go hiking and you didn't bring a map or a compass and other essentials for your journey...you are at high risk of getting lost and potentially hurt along the way. Same applies when dating but not only are you putting yourself at risk, you are putting the other person at risk of being in harm's way as well.
So ask yourself this question...."Am I dating with the intention of marriage?"
Now this doesn't mean that because you are dating someone you must marry that person, but going into dating with the mindset that it could potentially lead to marriage will act as a guide for your relationship. Dating opens the opportunity to learn what are qualities and characteristics that you want and don't want in a future spouse. Dating also allows us to learn more about ourselves. If you want to marry a great spouse, you must first BE a great spouse. So take this dating time to also reflect on your own personal growth as well as seeking out a lifetime companion for marriage.