The Freedom Moms Podcast Coaching with Crystal Noelle

S1 E11 - How our relationship with ourselves affects our parenting

May 03, 2021

This might seem counter intuitive, but the most impactful way to change your relationships with others is by changing your relationship with yourself. Your position on you is determined by a few things… your commitment, your thoughts, and your beliefs. When these things change, your relationship with you changes. When that changes, everything else in your life changes. Do you want a better relationship with someone, the ability to set and achieve goals, and to get more done and truly enjoy your life? Then start building a better relationship with YOU starting right now.

What we talk about today:

  • What a relationship is
  • How our thoughts about us affect our relationship
  • Self-belief and the difference between confidence and self-confidence
  • How we can change our thoughts and beliefs and create new relationships with us


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Full Transcript


Hey, I'm Crystal, a certified life coach and Mama four. In this podcast we combine radical connection and positive parenting theories with the How to life coaching tools and mindset work to completely transform our relationship with our children. Join me on my journey, unleash your inner parenting expert and become the mother you've always wanted to be. Make sure you subscribe wherever you listen to your podcast and rate this podcast on Apple. And check out my transformative monthly membership for moms in the show notes.



Episode 11, how our relationship with ourselves affects our parenting. Okay, so you probably have already listened to Episode 10, where we talked all about shame and judgment. I'm so glad that we talked about that episode, because since then, I've had several more clients bring up this idea of judgment and shame. Not that they really call it that usually they just say I'm disappointed in myself, or I wish I was doing better, I should be doing better. I'm not doing as good as I want to be doing. And all of those thoughts really affect our parenting because as we as we parent from that space of shame and disappointment and judgment, then we actually parent worse. So one of the ways that we can change this and kind of heal our relationship with ourselves is through actually working on our relationship with ourselves. So last week's episode was the four secrets to help us through that shame and judgment. And today we're going to talk about three aspects of the self relationship, and how to heal our relationship with ourselves. So I want you to first think about somebody that you love dearly, somebody right now who you just really love. Now, after you think about who that is, I want you to think about whether or not that person was you. Okay, if they weren't, but why wasn't it you? Why weren't you one of the first people first or second or third people that comes to mind when you thought about somebody that you really love?



Now, I want you to think about how much you do love yourself, how you would rank your relationship with you, on a scale from one to 1010 being amazing, I love myself, love spending time with myself, I'm awesome. Number one being the opposite of that.



I want you to rank that first. Now, lots of times when I start talking about this, people think that it's really selfish, that if we loved ourselves too much, or focused on ourselves too much, we would become selfish. But that's actually not true. We think that, but that's different than arrogance. self love is I love me, I love you. I love everybody. And it actually gives us more opportunity to love and beloved, arrogance is I'm better than you. self love and arrogance are not the same thing. Now there's a quote that I found online that I love. And I've heard different variations of this. Apparently it was Buddha who said it but there's, you know, some debate about whether or not it really was but it's you must love yourself before you love another. By accepting yourself and fully being what you are. Your simple presence can make others happy you yourself as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.



Isn't that lovely? You must love yourself before you love another. That is something I believe to be true. our capacity to love others to feel compassion and empathy and kindness towards others grows, the more that we can love ourselves, be compassionate to ourselves, be kind and be empathetic to our own selves.



So I want you to help I want to help you increase this capacity that you have to love others to love your friends, your spouse's all the people around you, through helping you love yourself more. So first of all, we're going to talk about what is a relationship, because we all have a relationship with ourselves, just like we do with our neighbor, with our mother in law with our cousin with our best friend. Those are all relationships, and we have a relationship with us as well. Our relationship is our thoughts. Our relationship sounds like it's more than that. Like it's what people say and what they do. But it's really what we think about what they say and what they do. That affects our relationship with them. So our relationship goes into three different kind of micro factors. One is what we think about them. Another is what we think they're thinking about us. And the third is what we think about the dynamic of the relationship. So maybe we think it's a great relationship, or maybe we think it's not how we think about that relationship dynamic also affects our relationship. So all of those really boil down to our own thoughts, which is why we have the power to change our relationship. Doesn't matter what somebody else does or says. We can decide what kind of a relationship we want to have with them because our relationship



represent our thoughts. It's also why you could be estranged from someone or divorced from someone or live on the other side of the globe and still have a relationship with them. Because you're still going to be thinking about them, you're still going to be thinking about the relationship dynamic, you'll probably still think about what they're thinking about you.



So just like working on any other relationship, the power to change is to work on our thoughts about us. And I'm going to talk about three different aspects of our relationship that we can work on. One is our thoughts about us. One is our commitment to us. And one is our belief in us. I love a quote by Bernie brown that says, compassion is not a virtue, it is a commitment. It's not something we have or we don't have. It's something we choose to practice. And I would argue that you could put in a lot of other words in place of compassion, growth, mindset, self compassion, empathy, love, self love. Those are all commitments. We aren't necessarily born with just this innate sense of loving ourselves and loving others. And being empathetic and compassionate. Maybe some people have more of that than others. But it is definitely a commitment and something that we have to work at. It might not just come intrinsically to us. So first of all, if we're working on one, our thoughts about us, I want you to write down your thoughts about you. So think back to what your number was, when I asked you to rank yourself about your relationship with yourself. Maybe it was 10? If so, awesome. You're doing great. If it was anything but 10. I want you to write down why that was? Why is it not a 10. This might look like things like well, I still yell at my kids,



my face looks a little bit funny, or I don't like the way that I look. Or I'm not a very kind person, or I'm kind of judgmental, whatever all of those things are that you think about yourself. Just lay it all out, like doing a thought dump, like we've talked about before, but this one's going to be specific to why you didn't rake yourself a number 10, then we're going to start to sift through those thoughts. So just like we do on a regular thought dump, Is this true? Is this useful? Is this a thought or a fact? Is there any evidence I can see of maybe why it's not true? Would everybody agree with me? What would my best friend say about this? Well, it my partner say about this, just start to poke little holes in those beliefs that seem really believable and seem really true. But we just want to loosen them up just a little bit. While we're losing them up, loosening them up. We also want to try to create some new thoughts and beliefs about ourselves. So if we were at a 10, out of 10, in our relationship with ourselves, what are some thoughts and beliefs that we would have about us, maybe it would be I'm worthy of love and belonging, maybe it would simply be I love myself, I'm doing my best. I'm a human and humans make mistakes. I'm learning I'm growing, I'm trying.



I don't know what it would be for you. But I want you just to think about what are just a couple of beliefs, I would have at a 10 out of 10, then we're going to use a little trick called a bridging thought. So a bridging thought helps us bridge from what we believe right now to what we want to believe in the future. But we don't quite believe yet. So I'm gonna use the example I love myself, that's going to be a new belief that I want to have about myself. Now, if I'm not totally there yet, and by totally there yet. I mean, I sometimes I can believe things logically, but I don't emotionally believe them. So I think in my heart, in my mind, am I 100% believing that and if I'm not, then I can use a bridging thought. So a bridge to this would be, maybe it's possible that I love myself, it's equally possible that I love myself, I'm learning that I love myself, I'm seeing that I love myself, something to bridge us to that you could write it down, you can put it you know it on your mirror and a sticky note on your car, wherever you want. You can say it you can,



you know chanted out loud in the morning, however you want to do it, where you're going to practice that new belief. Well, at the same time, you're kind of shaking up those old beliefs that you have that maybe don't totally serve you.



So number one was our thoughts about us. Number two is our commitment to us. So I'm going to tell you a little story. I've told this story a couple times in my membership. I was getting coached one time. And I had decided in my mind I had this belief that may or may not be true that successful people are morning people that everyone who's really successful in the world wakes up early in the morning and like you know, I don't know does yoga, meditation stretches exercising like all those crazy things, they wake up early, and they just get stuff done in the morning and that is what makes them successful. So I felt like well, if I'm really gonna be successful, I also have to do that. So I decided that I was gonna wake up early. I don't remember what



It was like maybe seven or 730, or something, which probably doesn't even seem early to you, but I am not a morning person. So I would wake up and I would press snooze on my alarm, then I'd wake up, and then I press snooze on my alarm. And this happened over and over and over and over again. So I'm getting coached. And I'm like, I just can't not press snooze. And she was like, Well, is it more important that you wake up early in the morning? And that you keep this reason of like, well, I'm going to be a successful person. And that's how I get success? Or is it more important that you keep your commitment to you, and you work on your relationship with you. And you know, what relationship with me is more important, it's more important than anything else. I love that reason. So I decided, I'm just gonna push my alarm back a little bit 745 or 8am. And after that, I started waking up every day that my alarm went off. And now I wake up every day when my alarm goes off. And I don't make it dramatic. I don't make it mean, I think about me or my success in life. But I do what I say I'm going to do. If I told you, hey, go meet me downtown at the restaurant at 10am. And then I didn't show up. And the next day said the same thing, hey, come meet me at the restaurant 10am. And I didn't show up, maybe I was late, maybe I didn't come at all, maybe I didn't even tell you I wasn't going to come over time, you're not really going to trust me, you're not going to rely on me. And your relationship with me is probably not going to be the greatest. Well, this is just like our relationship with us, we say we're going to do things, we don't do them, we say we're going to do things, we don't do them over and over and over again. Over time we break our trust with ourselves, we come to believe this story that like we can never do what we say we're going to do. We can commit ourselves to other people, but not are not to ourselves. This is our commitment to ourselves. So first of all, I want you to notice not to put so much on your plate. So for me, maybe I had too unrealistic expectations for it. Maybe it was just like not a time in my life where I could wake up early. Maybe it was that I just put too many things on my plate to do that day, I want to do this and this and this, clean my house and hang out with my kids and, you know, do crafts and bake some stuff and prepare meals and all of these things. And I say I'm going to do all these things that I don't get them done, because my ideas are so unrealistic. So I want you to kind of lower those ideals. Because you'll actually get more done, you'll actually be more efficient. When you focus on just one or two things instead of trying to focus on so many things. So don't put so many things on your plate. And the things that you do decide to put on your plate, put them there intentionally, like your reasons for them. So I didn't totally love my reasons for waking up early. Honestly, my only reason was because I felt like successful people wake up early. And when I started to question that belief, I was like, that might not be true at all. I don't even know where that came from, or why I think that and I don't want to keep it anymore. I don't love that reason. So whatever you're deciding to be committed to for yourself, like your reasons for it. Notice your reasons for it, and then stick to it, and do what you say you're going to do.



Now, that was a second commitment to us. The first was our thoughts about us. And the third is our belief in us. So for a minute, I'm going to talk about the difference between self confidence and confidence. Confidence is, I'll use an example for this, maybe I decide that I'm very confident in public speaking. Now I probably decided that because I did public speaking a few times, and maybe I won an award or maybe somebody said you did a great job. And maybe I felt like I did a good job. And maybe I didn't mess up maybe I said all the words, right? And I didn't forget anything. So I've decided, Okay, I'm a confident public speaker. That could happen, right? That's confidence. But the problem with confidence is that can also be taken away, I could completely forget what I was saying. I could like trip and fall on stage, somebody else could say I'm a terrible public speaker. And over and over again, these things might break down my confidence. Maybe over time, maybe over a short time and my confidence is gone. Well, the difference between confidence and self confidence is that confidence is extrinsic, self confidence is intrinsic, it's not something that somebody can just reach inside you and pull out. Self Confidence is all just a belief in yourself. It's just self belief. So self belief would mean you know, I love myself, I believe in myself, I can do anything, I can handle anything. I can even handle the things that I can't handle, right even when I feel like I'm not okay, and I'm not handling things well, that that's okay, too, that I'm going to have my own back about that, that I'm still going to love myself through it. So really, self confidence is just an inner belief in us. That's it.



So it's not something that can be taken away. And it's not something that we consciously kind of built confidence can build self confidence over time that can happen. But we also want to be working on self confidence, just like we're working on confidence. So working on self confidence could be changing your self belief. What do I believe about myself? Do I believe I can handle anything that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to or do I not? That might bring up some thoughts that then you can do a thought dump on you can use some bridging thoughts like we talked about



Before, and those things can start to shift and change for you self confidence is something that I have been working on for a long time. And I can see it grow. It's like a muscle, I'm going to the gym, I'm going to this gym of my mind. And I'm working on it over and over and over again, I'm doing thought dumps, I'm creating new beliefs, I'm using bridging thoughts, I'm trying new things, I'm putting myself out there, I have my own back, when I fail, I don't make failure means something about me, I don't go into that judgment and shame space very often. And when I do, I don't stay there, I notice it. And I can kind of move on from that this doesn't happen overnight. This isn't an immediate shift. But as you build your self confidence in you, as you build your commitment to you, and as you work on your thoughts about you, your relationship with you can be changed 180 degrees, okay, maybe 360 degrees, it will be completely transformed. I want you to think about what would be different for you from this new space. What would change for you if you had a great relationship with yourself? A good example the other day about the difference that this makes in life is I was teaching this child, a class. And he came in the class and said that he wasn't talented. We were talking about talents and abilities and whatnot. And I said, Okay, well, how does that make you feel? He's like, well, I don't know. I just don't really think about it. Don't really do anything about it. Okay, great. I just want you to imagine for a second that your story is instead. And I want you to believe this story that you're actually super talented, the most talented person on the planet.



And he kind of laughed, and I'm like, hey, what would be different? What would you do? He's like, well, I guess I would like try new things. Guess I would go out there and look for kind of new talents and new abilities. And I would work at them. And I would just keep trying until I excelled with them. And I was like, yeah, that is so true. Not because you are talented, or you aren't talented, but because you believe that you are talented, versus believing that you aren't talented. It is literally just the belief that changed. It might not have even been true, but because he believed it to be true. It was completely different.



So go out there and work on these three things. Work on your thoughts about you, your commitment to you and your belief in you and see how your parenting changes. See how everything in your life changes. It affects your relationships, your business, your goals, your health, your lifestyle. Everything can change when your relationship with you changes first.



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