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Published on January 21, 2019

15 Really Good Podcasts to Keep You Motivated and Reach Your Goals

15 Really Good Podcasts to Keep You Motivated and 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. 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.

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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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

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

10. 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!

11. 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.

12. 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.

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.

13. 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.

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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.

14. 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.

15. 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.

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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5 Steps to Cultivate a Positive Mental Attitude

5 Steps to Cultivate a Positive Mental Attitude

Cultivating a positive mental attitude starts with a realization — a realization that you’re not the only one who has struggled, who has survived, and who has started over again. You are not alone, and there is a way through the darkness. There is simple wisdom, which can be relied upon, to help.

Find support, but also learn self-care in how you treat yourself which is what positivity is all about. That self talk, that perception, that attitude you choose changes you and changes those around you.

According to New Stanford Study: A Positive Attitude Literally Makes Your Brain Better by Jessica Stillman,[1] Stanford researchers studies how the brain was impacted in achievement and learning when one felt or was positive about a subject. The result? Outcomes were much more favorable for that student.

We do well in areas we are positive about. But what if we can choose to be positive about, well, anything? That would change everything.

Positivity is not about just being happy, which is often the misconception. In fact, acknowledging a range of emotions is healthy. Positivity is persistence while using positive thinking strategies. It is sitting with your feelings; it is acceptance of what is; it is holding onto what makes you happy; it is purpose found in pain.

And the reasoning behind choosing to be positive — you get what you give. You receive what you believe.

Here’re 5 steps to cultivate a positive mental attitude. In part, they detail why it’s important to be positive as an understanding assists in the pursuit as much as the adoption of the mindset.

1. Attitude is What We Can Change

There’s a Maya Angelou quote that goes:

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

When you choose positivity as your attitude, you select an attitude far more destined for resilient behavior than the alternative.

When you have a negative attitude, your brain gives itself permission to develop negative thinking patterns and in turn, difficult and dark emotions. You spend all your days ruminating, or worrying about the same thing over and over again, thinking that will solve it. Doing this will cause you to miss the answers rather than make the most of the moments in front of you.

In actuality, the first thing you need to do is calm yourself. It feels counterintuitive, but that means to release your troubled mentality. When you release what is bothering you, you choose a safer attitude. One that helps you to accept your emotions, accept what is happening and accept that you don’t have all the answers. You’re less afraid of that fact.

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Attitude is everything. It’s how we heal ourselves. It’s how we stay positive. It’s how we secure things. It’s how we overcome.

Without a positive attitude, we cannot persevere. Perseverance is the point of positivity.

A positive attitude is how we fuel willpower. Willpower is how we fuel positivity. It goes in a circle. They are interchangeable.

Positivity denotes willpower. You can be standing in a storm and feel completely calm when you use positivity. You stay grounded. You stand firm. You do not fall over. And you know what? Even if you do, you get back up again.

There is a Japanese proverb, “Nana korobi ya oki” which means fall seven times, get up eight. This means you do not stop; you keep going. You make it through the hard times to find the good.

A positive attitude is about understanding you have power over your problems. Once you understand that, you can change your attitude. You have to choose positive thinking first in order to reap its benefits. Once you’ve chosen to be positive, you can do anything.

2. Positivity Is Your Unique Power

When you have lost it all, a positive attitude can help you regain it or to regain your strength. It’s the best way to live. It’s the best way to learn from life and love. When you are positive, you have a power that circumstance nor others cannot take from you.

Recognizing the power you have to carry on, to make the best of things, to keep going when everything inside you wants to quit is worth everything.

You can’t always have it all, but you can always have a positive attitude. This in itself helps you stand out, helps you to shine. It’s enough to save yourself (and others potentially) with. That power keeps you grounded and safe.

For example, say you lost someone to a disease. Instead of just thinking about the loss and seeing it as the end, a positive person may decide to contribute to a cause dedicated to that disease. In doing so, the positive person becomes a beacon of hope. They become a voice for something which in turn gives them power over their hardship.

This is how people keep going: Meaning. Meaning creates a power over our emotions, over our loss so that they do not define us.

According to the Mayo Clinic, positivity affects one’s stress levels and overall health.[2] It is that powerful. When you are positive about a situation, you are less stressful and more calm and able to reason better to solve the very problem in front of you.

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Cultivating this power is about realizing a sense of meaning can be derived from all circumstances, even senseless tragedies. People often contribute to something greater than themselves when they are searching for meaning, for purpose, for positivity, for power.

You don’t always have to have a reason for why something happens, but you can use whatever happens for a greater cause. It’s subjective, changing from person to person. That’s why no matter how much you want to derive meaning from an event, there are no outright answers about how to do that.

So, what do you do? Meditate. Listen.

“Whatever purifies you is the right path, I will not try to define it. Let go of your mind then be mindful. Close your ears and listen.” — Rumi

3. Be Absolutely Present

In life, you have control over your ability to be present in the moment, even if not control over everything. You have the moment.

Positivity is telling yourself that this moment is what matters. You can’t regret the past or see the future. The only way to be positive is to be here. What do you have right in front of you? Suddenly, your life shifts to gratitude.

Gratitude serves us in letting go of what we do not need. Listing what makes us happy is one way to stay present. What do you have right now that you can use? You have the tools to be positive.

Some techniques to getting there are through meditations or mantras. For example, “Nothing bad is happening right now” is an easy one to incorporate. Your past traumas can’t trip you when you ground yourself in the present, and your ability to reason further develops to the point that even if you can’t see the future, you know it will play out like this– with you empowered and in the moment, using all your wisdom and tools and positivity to persevere. That’s all you need.

Focus on the moment. In a blog about Mindfulness, Courtney Ackerman writes that one such exercise is to live in the moment to reduce worrying.[3] Think about the past and future in small, manageable doses. But focus mostly on the present, what is happening right here and now. This will reduce worrying and therefore stress as well as other negative emotions significantly.

This will allow you to be positive.

4. Practice Self-Love

Self-talk is the core of self-love, the core of what positivity is all about. Positive self-talk leads to self-love. And when our own cup is empty, we can pour into another’s. We have to help ourselves first before we can help others.

What we say to ourselves is how we practice positivity or put it into action.

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For example, there’s a children’s book called The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper where the train thinks, “I think I can, I think I can” the whole way through its travels. The result? It could because it told itself that it can.

Such a simple concept for a complex world. And yet, it works.

This is also how self-love works. What you tell yourself is powerful and makes its mark. Here are examples of things you could tell yourself to practice positivity:

  • I am enough.
  • I am worthwhile.
  • I can do this, I just have to hold on.
  • I will make it through this.
  • I am powerful.
  • I am unstoppable.

Here’re more examples for you: 10 Positive Affirmations for Success that will Change your Life. Add to this list with your own!

When you write these positive mantras, you start to feel them. If you write “I am positive about this situation” enough times, you will start to feel that positivity seep in.

Loving yourself is not going to be easy nor come overnight. There will be a mess of feelings, regrets, negative self talk and more that you will have to carefully tip toe through to hold your own heart. Your heart needs love, and often, we deny what it needs in pursuit of purposeless pleasures such as external rewards rather than internal motivation for a life well lived. We live for what others think of us, say about us, and sometimes, losing it all or going through hardship can teach us what we really need: ourselves.

Loving yourself needs to come from an authentic place, not a “fake it til you make it” mentality. It needs to be real. It needs to include those flaws and all. That’s all you can do to become positive about yourself. You have to start within and do the work necessary to heal and be healthy.

Take a look at these 30 Self Care Habits for a Strong and Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit and try to practice them.

5. Avoid Toxic Positivity (Unhealthy Positivity)

Avoid the white knuckling type of positivity where you don’t acknowledge your struggles or pain (as they also serve you). You don’t just want to tell yourself to move on because that equates to repression.

Emotions are part of positivity. You want to sit with your feelings. You want to acknowledge them, give them a voice. Instead of telling yourself to move on, you let your emotions lead to a breakthrough that helps you cope with the changes of life.

The greatest misconceptions made about being positive is assuming one does not have to feel in order to change. Throwing away hurt, anger, grief, sadness, all those emotions we associate with being “negative” only thwart our growth and power. Positivity is USING these things to better yourself or the world around you because you’re not going to give in to them. They do not become you or your identity.

You don’t have to be the white knuckling soldier you’ve always been. You say your emotions, then follow up with a use or outlet for them. That makes your positivity profound.

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Positivity is not about wearing a mask; it is the opposite of a mask. It is freedom from negative thinking strategies such as jumping to conclusions, black or white thinking, worst case scenario assumptions and more. It’s acknowledging that there may be more strength or ability in you than previously assumed. And it’s worth it to find out.

Toxic positivity may suggest you simply put a smile on and act fine. That’s not real positivity. Healthy positivity is about showing up when you’re tired; loving when you are feeling loss; healing when you want to cling to your hurt. It’s realization that you are worth it, not worth writing off. And you care about the outcome, so you stay to sort it out. You don’t abandon or jump ship. You hold on. That’s healthy positivity.

So that one day you may say to others, “I see you. I feel you. I understand you,” because you have been where they are and got through it. It’s acknowledging the dark as much as the light.

It’s living so others may live; it’s all you need. It’s not an exact formula everyone can replicate, and no one can copy you either. Your story is important. You are meant to be here. You are meant to do well. It will be those thoughts that get you to the finish line. Thriving.

Final Thoughts

In every moment, you’re not going to want to be positive. There will be times when you want to throw in the towel. But even then, choosing your attitude, recognizing the power of positivity, being absolutely present, practicing self-love and avoiding toxic or unhealthy positivity will better your days and assist through your trials.

Being positive isn’t easy, but it’s worth it to see what is going to happen next. Just around the corner may be the change you need, but you’ll never know if you don’t hold on to find out.

Positivity is about being curious enough to stay for the outcome because you simply believe, hold onto and trust in yourself and some goodness in this world. That’s enough to keep one going, and enough to help them go from surviving to thriving which is where you want to be.

Everyone has low moments. There’s nothing to be ashamed of for that. You can feel negative emotions though without shaming yourself for them by practicing healthy positivity. These steps are how to cultivate a positive mental attitude.

That way you don’t live with regret. You live in the moment. You make the decision how.

You can start at anytime. Positivity can be like a switch of perception. Once you uplift yourself, there’s nothing you can’t accomplish. And soon, you’ll be onto uplifting others which helps even more.

Positivity is contagious. It spreads like sunlight over the darkness. You can be the source of that sunlight. All you have to do is simple: Believe you can.

Good luck!

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