In personal and business relationships, TLC typically means, “Tender loving care,” but for the specifics of this article, I’m going to reference TLC as, “The lessons coming.” If you’re a bit confused, don’t worry about it at this point, you’ll understand more as you read on.
The relationship changer.
Every successful relationship, whether it be personal or business, absolutely without a doubt, needs a little, “Tender loving care.” It’s what makes the difference in the relationship because it shows that you care. In fact, many people use a little “Tender loving care,” moment to help smooth over a rough patch in the road, turning a negative situation, into a positive one, and you can definitely do the same. I highly recommend it, as it works extremely well.
The lessons coming.
So let’s switch gears and jump into the bread and butter of what I want to share here, and that’s using TLC as meaning, “The lessons coming.” Every moment in your life is a teachable moment. You may not think it is, but it is. You may not want it to be, but it is, so you may as well make the most of the teachable moments you have on a daily basis.
For example, you’re tailgating someone because you’re in a rush to get to an appointment, and you’re yelling and cursing at the person to hurry up and drive, then on your way home, you’re not in a rush, and someone is tailgating you. How does it feel when the shoe is on the other foot, I can tell you firsthand, not good. This is the type of, “The lessons coming,” moment that I’m referencing, and this a teachable moment where you can decide to make a difference moving forward, by being understanding and caring, by not acting out, and by committing to act differently next time you’re in a similar situation.
You may not get a second chance.
The importance of this little lesson, and there’s a thousand more just like it, is that in business, sometimes you don’t get a second chance. If you act out of line, or if you act out of fear and make the people look bad that are actually paying you to keep your lights turned on, you may not be in business for long. Yes, personal relationships have a little more leeway, but if you push those enough, they’ll be gone as well.
Always remember, “The lessons coming,” no matter what. It’s what you do with them when they arise, and it’s how you react, that makes all the difference. React properly with care, understanding, and love, and you won’t have to go back and apologize and try and make the situation right, but act out of fear and desperation, and you’re really just going to make a complete mess of things.
Create positive outcomes.
Like I mentioned above, use every moment as a teachable, “The lessons coming,” moment, and make every situation have a positive outcome, by staying relaxed, focused, and in the moment. There’s nothing wrong with showing a little emotion, but when you lose control and the train comes off the track, try and catch yourself as fast as possible to minimize the damage. Speaking with a well-grounded coworker or friend before you react, is always a great idea.
Look, at this point, there’s a lot to digest with this, “The lessons coming,” content. Take a break for a few minutes, write down your thoughts, maybe write down a few situations where reacting in a different manner may have provided you with a more positive and less heart-wrenching outcome, and let yourself know that you’re going to commit to trying things differently moving forward. I know for me, if I don’t put what I read into action, nothing ever changes, so I’d ask you, to put what you’ve learned here into action in your very own personal and business relationships, and watch how everything in your life starts to turn around.