In the kitchen, in my car, while I’m in the shower, and even while I’m working out…
I am always plugged into a podcast.
And I can’t suggest a better tool to anyone who’s serious about their personal development journey.
There’s a slew of podcasts that offer incredible value by encouraging, entertaining and informing. For free.
Best. Deal. Ever.
Buuuut, since every marketer, coach, trainer, blogger, writer and small biz owner caught podcast hosting fever, there’s an overwhelming amount to choose from.
So…where to start?
Fear not! I’ve got the perfect solution to this 1st world problem.
Here’s a list of my favorite personal development podcasts to get you started.
Hit play and get ready for a hands-free ride to Enlightenment Town (note: not a real place).
Over It & On With It w/ Christine Hassler
Each week, life coach and author Christine Hassler has a live on-air coaching session with a caller desperate for guidance to overcome a personal obstacle in their life.
Although every caller is unique, I always find a way to relate to them in some way— which makes virtually every show a friggin’ gem.
It’s intimate and encouraging to hear a real person with real challenges share real emotions. Most starting out sounding deflated and finish feeling motivated and optimistic.
Topics addressed include but aren’t limited to:
- Life Transitions
- Life Purpose
Christine uses a combination of gentleness and tough love to deliver her practical and actionable advice. Her audience is as much of a priority as the caller. After the call ends, Christine recaps the highlights and takeaways to really drill down the point.
If that’s not enough to woo you, the show notes act like worksheets, making it ridiculously easy to apply her coaching tips in your own life. Christine even offers a few short guided meditations through her podcast channel.
Over and On With It gets a gold star for showing major listener love and inspiring more aha moments than you can count.
Try it on for size.
Theme: Advice, coaching, life-improvement
Recommendations: “68: Overcoming Self-Doubt and Fear with Anneke”
Tara Brach (pronounced “Brock”) is the swiss army knife of mindfulness. As a meditation teacher, psychologist, author and speaker, she tackles the mind from all ends.
In other words, she’s legit, yo.
This magnificent podcast makes her valuable insight available to the masses. What a stand-up gal!
Most of her public talks address topics like identifying self-limiting beliefs and healing emotional wounds— things that stunt personal growth and distract you from living a joyful life. Some talks have guided mini-meditations, or “reflections”, baked right in to help you work through core issues. Sometimes, they like to play hide-n-seek, don’t they?
You can also listen to her popular full-guided meditations and retreat talks.
The podcast is a variety pack of amazingness.
Now go see for yourself why Brach rocks.
Theme: Mindfulness meditation, emotional healing, spiritual awakening
Recommendation: “Real But Not True: Freeing Ourselves from Harmful Beliefs”
The Lively Show w/ Jess Lively
Jess made her journey her message and has inspired thousands of others with it (it’s sooo what I wanna do!). She’s interviewed some of the biggest names in the self/life-improvement world.
But that’s not her crowning glory.
Jess is raw and real. Always has been. She discloses some crazy-personal stuff like her struggle with PCOS, self-worth and eating issues, relationships, and her massive chill-worthy epiphanies. You can tell when she’s crabby, you can feel excitement in her voice, she tells you when she’s bummed about a bad date, discouraged, etc.
Backstory: After a divorce, she shed her shell (say that 5x fast) and ditched her comfort zone to travel the world. That’s a courageous woman on one serious self-discovery mission. You learn not only from her but with her in real time, as she continues her indefinite adventure around the world.
Jess is an advocate for using intuition and intention to help you lead a more fulfilling life. Episode topics range from business and travel tips to mindfulness and internal love.
Ideal for anyone ready to get real about adding more flow and alignment to their overall lives.
Theme: Wellness, self-discovery, spirituality, business
Recommendation: “How to Change Negative Thought Patterns and Understand the Ego with Brooke Castillo”
The Model Health Show w/ Shawn Stevenson
Originally, this was supposed to be Lilith Fair of podcast lists. Total estrogen fest. Women only.
— BUT —
Not including TMHS would rob yous of some serious value. So forget Paula, Sarah, and Liz.
It’s not your typical fitness show about the best sweat-proof makeup to wear while Instagramming at the gym (is that even a thing?)
Gag me with a blush brush.
This is a fitness and lifestyle podcast done properly. Straight up. One that emphasizes mental and emotional health as often as it does physical.
Host Shawn Stevenson is determined to improve the health and lives of his listeners. There’s hardly a topic he won’t discuss in order to do that. From weight loss, exercise, sex, and hormones to emotional intelligence and self-love.
Just to prove how diverse his show really is, get a loada some of his past guests:
- John Gray
- Arianna Huffington
- Lewis Howes
- Michael Hyatt
- John Lee Dumas
- Bob Proctor
Shawn and co-host Jade aim to enlighten and entertain.
I mean — this show is fun.
Shawn drops movie quotes (if you’re a fan of comedies, you’ll fit right in) and cracks himself up with his Schwarzenegger impersonations. Check out his personal transformation story for some extra motivation.
You can watch his episodes on Youtube. Personally, I like to watch them in the morning. Especially when I know my dude has no choice but to listen while he gets ready for work. Muhahaha.
[Play video to try and guess what whitening toothpaste Shawn uses]
Oh, and did I mention TMHS ranks #1 in the Health and Fitness categories on iTunes?
Theme: Health, Fitness, Nutrition
Recommend: “The Mind-Body Healing Connection and the Power of Movement Meditations – with Tristan Truscott”
The Podcast Tribe
Part of the beauty of a podcast is being part of a tribe of listeners who are after the same things you are. They get you and you get them. The world doesn’t seem like such a lonely place.
So connect with them.
Leave comments on the podcast’s website that tell your story. Reach out to the hosts via email and let them know how much they’ve inspired you on your journey. Join their Facebook groups. Leave your truth on their iTunes reviews (they just might read them on the air)…
Put yourself out there and make creating new connections part of your growth and transformation.
Passing the Mic
What are your favorite inspirational podcasts to listen to?