Reporting's Relationship with RealityMar 25, 2022
Hello, my name is Lori West, founder of Business Brilliance, and I empower people like you to take charge of your career.
I want to welcome you to Video Four in our series on reporting.
In this video, we are going to tackle your conversation about reporting, specifically your responses to our LinkedIn poll that showed you find reporting both boring and time-consuming.
I want to ask you a question.
What’s your relationship to reality?
You might be stumped by the question. You may be wondering what in the world has reality got to do with reporting.
Reality has got EVERYTHING to do with reporting. When reporting is done with honesty and integrity, it provides you with the opportunity to evaluate the efficacy of the actions you’re taking.
However, being in touch with reality is not necessarily the motivating factor behind your relationship to reporting.
Which way of being most closely matches your attitude to reporting?
You smooth over the cracks and massage the results in a report, especially the ones that go to ‘important’ people.
You grumble under your breath when it’s report time and do as little as possible.
You dip in and out of it, usually when you remember to do it or feel guilty about not having done it.
You don’t even know what a report is, and you certainly don’t use them in your work.
Listen, there is no one right way to regard reporting. The important thing to notice is where YOU ARE with reporting. When you do, I want you to stop and listen to yourself.
In fact, I’d like you to stop the video, grab a pen and paper if you haven’t got one already, and write down the self-talk that comes up when you think about your relationship to reporting.
And remember, you can pause the video at any time if you’d like to linger over a certain part of the exercise.
This is your exercise.
Take a few deep, slow breaths in through the nose, filling up the belly and the chest cavity, and out through the mouth, allowing all the air to slowly release from your body, and then allow your breath to come to a natural rhythm.
What self-talk arises when you consider your relationship to reporting? Is it helpful? Is it harmful? Is it funny? Is it scolding? Write down what you notice.
Then notice what emotion or emotions accompany the conversation. Are you embarrassed? Resentful? Apathetic? Angry? Surprised? Something else? Write down what you notice.
Notice where in your body you are feeling the effects of emotion. You may be drawn to a particular part of your body where there’s tension or movement. Take your attention there and notice what you’re feeling and sensing. Write down what you notice.
And then, imagine your breath travelling to this part of your body as you breathe in, and as you breathe out, imagine the breath loosening and releasing the emotional energy and accompanying sensation that resides in this part of your body. And when you’re ready, write down what you notice.
Feel free to pause the video and continue breathing in and out of this part of your body for as long as it feels good for you.
And then just notice what’s present for you as you consider the task of reporting. What emotional and physical energy is now available to you? Maybe there is no discernible emotional or physical energy present.
That’s a very good thing! This gives you the opportunity to create a beneficial, intentional and integrated working relationship with reporting from a place of clarity.
A little like turning sand into glass.
Take a moment to ask yourself how you’d like to feel about reporting. What sensations in your body would be present if you had a smooth relationship with reporting? Write down what you notice.
What emotion would generate that sensation? Contentment? Optimism? Empowerment? You get to choose what works for you. Write down what you notice for yourself.
In considering how you want to feel, ask yourself what thoughts you could have about reporting that will generate these feelings and emotion. Write down what you notice. Commit to taking on these thoughts about reporting going forward.
And when you’re ready, take three deep breaths in through the nose, and out through the mouth. Sit with yourself for a moment, and record what arises for you.
I trust that this exercise has offered you some relief around reporting. I hope you’ve removed some of the sandy grit and found a place of smooth clarity around reporting. You may think that’s enough, but I’m not finished!
Reporting is fundamental to your business brilliance.
Now, I’m the kind of person that doesn’t like to give you my perspective first. I prefer to empower you to exercise your own creativity, and then I’ll share my perspective with you.
And that’s exactly what I’ll do in the final video next week.
I hope it will take your relationship with reporting to a whole new level.
If you want to share what you discover, pop it in the comments or DM me.
And let me know if you’ve found this of value.
I look forward to seeing you next week. In the meantime… be brilliant.
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