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Last Updated on December 11, 2020

16 Best Podcasts on Motivation to Help You Reach Your Goals

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16 Best Podcasts on Motivation to Help You Reach Your Goals

Every Monday is a great time to pump up your spirits, make goals for the upcoming week and keep yourself motivated to achieve them.

But what do you do if you cannot find motivation within yourself? Instead of beating yourself over it, why not take help from external sources to get motivated?

Apart from self-help books and inspiring speeches and movies, good podcasts can also lift up your spirits when you need it most.

At a time when we are all racing against time, you no longer have to “make” time for listening to inspirational podcasts because they make for an immersive and convenient option. So the next time you are stuck in traffic or are out for a run, optimize that time by listening to motivational podcasts.

Here is a list of 15 really good podcasts that you must have on your playlist to stay motivated and reach your goals:

1. The Tim Ferriss Show

It would be sacrilege to enlist good podcasts without starting with The Tim Ferriss Show, also called “the Oprah of audio” by The Observer.

Ranked #1 out of 500,000+ podcasts on many occasions, this is the first business podcast to have crossed 300 million downloads and be selected as “Best of” Apple Podcasts for three consecutive years.

Hosted by best-selling author Tim Ferris, this podcast’s guest list features famous names such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, LeBron James, Maria Sharapova, Jamie Foxx among many others. It has Tim inviting world-class performers to discuss their habits, routines and secrets that make them what they are for listeners to take a leaf from their books.

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2. The One You Feed

Hosted by Eric Zimmer and Chris Forbes, The One You Feed is based on the principle that it ‘takes conscious, constant and creative effort to make a life worth living’.

The podcast features conversations with guests from various walks of life. They discuss topics surrounding mental health, motivation, self-awareness, spirituality and more such topics that help us become better versions of ourselves. So, listen to the episodes on their website and get your daily dose of motivation!

3. TED Radio Hour

Following the success of TED Talks, TED Radio Hour is a fascinating podcast that brings together some of the most remarkable minds in the world. A co-production between TED and National Public Radio (NPR), TED Radio Hour is hosted by Guy Raz.

Exploring topics ranging from inspirational leadership to self-awareness, this 18-minute talk show promises to make you think, question and introspect, while offering fresh approaches and solutions to old problems.

4. The Gary Vee Audio Experience

Feeling listless and low on energy? Make listening to The Gary Vee Audio Experience part of your daily routine and you are bound to see a positive change in your perspective.

Hosted by entrepreneur, author, CEO, public speaker and vlogger Gary Vaynerchuk, this podcast has a no-nonsense approach to get you up and running.

Gary imparts motivational advice via speeches and interviews in a riveting manner that makes you sit up, listen and take note.

5. The Lifehack Show

The Lifehack Show is the official podcast show of Lifehack. It offers incredible insights from experts on overcoming obstacles and breaking free from limitations. In each episode the show’s host interviews experts in different fields to share their thoughts and experiences on getting over challenges and reaching their goals.

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Start listneing to it here: The Lifehack Show

6. School of Greatness

Lewis Howes’ School of Greatness podcast aims at inspiring people to dream bigger and live better. From relationships and entrepreneurship to self-development and health – School of Greatness features solo sessions with host Lewis and interviews with famous people from the world of business, sports and entertainment sharing their nuggets of success.

Once in a week, listeners also get to enjoy 5 Minute Friday which has Lewis inspiring people with some really quick advice on some of the most relevant topics we can all relate to.

7. Inspire Nation

This podcast covers a diverse range of subjects – you name it and they’ve got to have it covered! Inspire Nation aims to “help you shine bright” through their motivational episodes that touch upon every aspect of your life.

It has host Michael Sandler sharing some life-changing experiences and also invites authors, spiritual leaders and others to offer inspiring advice that fills you with positivity and leaves you charged up. With so much to offer when it comes to self-improvement, you are sure to get hooked on to this podcast in no time.

8. The Brendon Show

The Brendon Show is hosted by the world’s leading personal development coach, Brendon Burchard. Through this highly inspiring podcast, Brendon shares his life mantra, what keeps him going and how we can all shape the extraordinary life we wish to lead.

He dives deep into interesting issues that we are all a victim of such as ‘Dealing with Self-Doubt’, ‘Why People Don’t Support You’ and ‘The Motivation Killer’ among others. This show is all about finding the right direction in life and has the power to inspire people to take action.

9. Happier

Another good podcast is Gretchen Rubin’s Happier. This thought-provoking podcast features some really practical advice on living a happier life. Gretchen and her sister Elizabeth discuss habits and hacks to make everyday joyful in this thoroughly enjoyable podcast.

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10. Goal Digger

If you have questions surrounding chasing your passion, living your dreams, taking risks, quitting your 9 to 5 job and similar other concerns, the Goal Digger podcast promises to answer them all for you.

This podcast has host Jenna Kutcher bring you inspirational stories that can make a difference to your lives. She speaks about tips and tricks on staying motivated, being productive and becoming a ‘self-made’ millionaire.

Adopting a ‘live-workshop style business podcast’, this one is specifically directed to helping ‘girl bosses’ make their dreams come true.

11. The Mastery Sessions

Powerful daily tools coupled with profound insights is what comprises The Mastery Sessions podcast wherein life coach Robin Sharma helps you live your best life. His words of encouragement and advice inspires listeners to be optimistic and hopeful.

Whenever you’re having a bad day, tune in to The Mastery Sessions and listening to even just one episode is enough to get you get you back on track – that is how powerful his words are!

12. The Good Life Project

The Good Life Project features in-depth conversations that are honest and deeply-moving. Hosted by writer and entrepreneur, Jonathan Fields, this podcast aims to share stories of experts and everyday people meant to inspire listeners.

Stories connect us all and that is exactly what this podcast embodies. The Good Life Project airs twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays and you can give them a listen on their website.

13. Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations

If you thought Oprah Winfrey has only taken over television, you are mistaken. This megastar also has her own podcast called Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations.

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Aimed at helping people discover the deeper meaning of the world around them, this podcast features Oprah’s personal selection of her interviews with thought leaders, authors, spiritual leaders and other well-known experts. Trust SuperSoul Conversations to help you find value and meaning during turbulent times and emerge victorious.

14. Life is a Marathon

Life surely is a marathon and motivational speaker Bruce Van Horn wants you to live it with a positive outlook, as reflected in his podcast, Life is a Marathon.

Having utmost passion for personal development, positive thinking and self-esteem, Bruce shares his thoughts on breaking negative thought patterns in order to live a life of joy and abundance through this podcast.

15. The Daily Boost

The Daily Boost has generated over 26 million downloads, making it the most popular daily motivation program. Combining personal development strategies and common sense, this podcast is anything by predictable.

It presents a fun take on motivation and keeps you engrossed owing to its fresh and upbeat approach. Host and founder Scott Smith makes the show all the more entertaining with his witty wisecracks and words of wisdom that very well resonate with listeners.

16. Optimal Living Daily

Wish you had the time to read and soak up motivational content from some of the best blogs but don’t? Now, that’s why you should definitely subscribe to Optimal Living Daily because it picks up top content from the internet and summarizes it into a 10-minute clip. Wonderful, isn’t it?

It is hosted by Justin Malik who offers daily readings covering topics such as minimalism, productivity, life-hacking techniques and more.

With Optimal Living Daily on your list, there is no way you can miss out on inspirational content to boost your morale.

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The Bottom Line

Don’t let your busy schedule bog you down and leave you demotivated. Thanks to these inspiring podcasts, you can get your daily dose of motivation wherever you may be. So, subscribe to them and keep yourself motivated to reach your goals.

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Published on September 27, 2021

What Is Incentive Motivation And Does It Work?

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What Is Incentive Motivation And Does It Work?

We’ve all needed a bit of inspiration at some time in our lives. In the past year or two, that need most likely has grown. Who hasn’t been trying to shed those extra pounds we put on during the pandemic? Who hasn’t felt the need to fake a little enthusiasm at joining yet another Zoom call? Who hasn’t been trying to get excited about trekking back into the office for a 9 to 5 (longer if you add in the commute)? Feeling “meh” is a sign of our times. So, too, is incentive motivation, a way to get back our spark, our drive, and our pursuit of the things we say we want most.

In this article, I’ll talk about what incentive motivation is and how it works.

What Is Incentive Motivation?

Incentive motivation is an area of study in psychology focused on human motivation. What is it that gets us to go from couch potato to running a marathon? What spurs us to get the Covid vaccine—or to forgo it? What is it that influences us to think or act in a certain way? Incentive motivation is concerned with the way goals influence behavior.[1] By all accounts, it works if the incentive being used holds significance for the person.

The Roots of Incentive Motivation

Incentive motivation’s roots can be traced back to when we were children. I’m sure many of us have similar memories of being told to “eat all our veggies” so that we would “grow up to be big and strong,” and if we did eat those veggies, we would be rewarded with a weekend trip to a carnival or amusement park or playground of choice. The incentive of that outing was something we wanted enough to have it influence our behavior.

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Growing up, incentive motivation continues to play a major role in what we choose to do. For example, while we may not have relished the idea of spending years studying, getting good grades, pursuing advanced degrees, and graduating with sizeable debt from student loans, a great many of us decided to do just that. Why? Because the end goal of a career, a coveted title, and the associated incentives of financial reward and joy in doing something we love were powerful motivators.

One researcher who believes in the power of incentive motivation is weight management expert, co-author of the book State of Slim, and co-founder of the transformational weight loss program of the same name, Dr. Holly Wyatt. Her work with her clients has proven time and again that when motivation fizzles, incentives can reignite those motivational fires.

“Eat more veggies, exercise, keep track of my weight: These things and more DO work, but bottom line, you gotta keep doing them. Setting up rituals and routines to put your efforts on auto-pilot is one way. And along the way, the use of both external and internal motivators helps keep people on track. External motivation sources are those things outside of ourselves that help to motivate us. They’re powerful, like pouring gasoline on a fire. But they may not last very long. Internal motivators are more tied into the reasons WHY we want to reach our goals. In my State of Slim weight loss program, we spend a lot of time on what I call ‘peeling back the onion’ to find the WHY. I think the internal motivators are more powerful, especially for the long-term, but they may take longer to build. They’re the hot coals that keep our motivational fires burning.”

Examples of Incentive Motivation

In the way of incentive motivation, specific to the external motivators, Dr. Wyatt challenges her clients to commit to changing just one behavior that will help them reach their weight loss goals. Clients must then agree to a “carrot” or a “stick” as either their reward for accomplishing what they say they will do or as their punishment for falling short. Those incentives might be something like enjoying a spa day if they do the thing they said they would do or sweating it out while running up and down the stairwell of their apartment building a certain number of times as punishment for not following through.

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Whatever they choose, the goal must be something they really want, and the incentive must be something that matters to them enough to influence their behaviors in reaching those goals. Some people are more motivated by some sort of meaningful reward (a carrot) whereas, other people are more motivated by some sort of negative consequence or the taking away of a privilege (the stick).

Another example of incentive motivation is playing out currently with companies and government entities offering perks to people who get the Covid vaccine. Nationwide, offers are being made in the way of lottery tickets, cash prizes, concert seats, free admission to events and discounts for food, and even free drink at local restaurants and bars. The list of incentives being offered to the public to increase vaccination rates is pretty extensive and quite creative.[2]  These incentives are financial, social, and even hit on moral sensibilities. But is this particular incentive motivation working?

Remember that a key to incentive motivation working is if the individual puts importance on the reward being received on the ultimate goal. So, not all incentives will motivate people in the same way. According to Stephen L. Franzoi, “The value of an incentive can change over time and in different situations.”[3]

How Does Incentive Motivation Differ from Other Types of Motivators?

Incentive motivation is just one type of motivating force that relies on external factors. While rewards are powerful tools in influencing behaviors, a few other options may be more aligned with who you are and what gets you moving toward your goals.

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Fear Motivation

In many ways, being motivated by fear is the very opposite of being motivated by incentives. Rather than pursuing some reward, it’s the avoidance of some consequence or painful punishment that sparks someone into action. For example, married couples may “forsake all others” not out of love or commitment but out of a fear that they may be “taken to the cleaners” by their spouses if their infidelities are revealed.

Another example wherein fear becomes the great motivator is one we’re hearing about more and more as we’re coming out of this pandemic—the fear of being poor. The fear of being poor has kept many people in jobs they hate. It’s only now that we see a reversal as headlines are shining a light on just how many workers are quitting and refusing to go back to the way things were.

Social Motivation

Human beings are social creatures. The desire to belong is a powerful motivator. This type of social motivation sparks one’s behavior in ways that, hopefully, result in an individual being accepted by a certain group or other individuals.

The rise of the Internet and the explosion of social media engagement has been both positive and negative in its power to motivate us to be included among what during our school days would be called “the cool kids” or “cliques” (jocks, nerds, artsy, gamers, etc.). We probably all have experienced at one time or another the feelings associated with “not being chosen”—whether to be on a team to play some game or as the winning candidate for some job or competition. Social rejection can make or break us.

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Before You Get Up and Go…

Know that, especially during these challenging times, it’s “normal” and very much “okay” to feel a lack of motivation. Know, too, that external motivators, such as those we’ve talked about in this article, can be great tools to get your spark back. We’ve only touched on a few here. There are many more—both external and internal.

Remember that these external motivators, such as incentive motivations, are only as powerful as the importance placed on the reward by the individual. It’s also important to note that if there isn’t an aligned internal motivation, the results will more than likely be short-lived.

For example, losing a certain amount of weight because you want to fit into some outfit you intend to wear at some public event may get you to where you want to be. But will it hold up after your party? Or will those pounds find their way back to you? If you want to be rewarded at work with that trip to the islands because you’ve topped the charts in sales and hustle to make your numbers, will you be motivated again and again for that same incentive? Or will you need more and more to stay motivated?

Viktor Frankl, the 20th-century psychiatrist, Holocaust survivor, and author of the best-selling book, Man’s Search for Meaning, is quoted as having said, “Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.” As important as external motivators like incentives may be in influencing behaviors, the key is always to align them with one’s internal “why”—only then will the results be long-lived.

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So, how might incentive motivation influence you and your behavior toward goals? Knowing your answer might keep you energized no matter what your journey and help to further your successes.

Featured photo credit: Atharva Tulsi via unsplash.com

Reference

[1] Britannica: Incentive motivation
[2] National Governors Association: COVID-19 Vaccine Incentives
[3] verywellmind: The Incentive Theory of Motivation

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