Are you and your partner both emotionally ready for a committed relationship right now? If one of you is and one of you isn't, you are both wasting your time and energy.
Avoiding this conversation (or choosing to overlook the importance of it) is a major mistake. You could mislead someone into believing there is a future with you, or you might spend months or years fooling yourself with an unavailable partner.
In relationships, as in life, timing is everything. We all get to different stages of emotional growth at different times and there is no right or wrong time for commitment. It happens when you're ready. And for some, it may never come.
Relationship experts believe we attract people who reflect some part of ourselves, so if you find that you frequently attract non-committal partners, you may have some subconscious motivation not to commit to yourself.