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Last Updated on May 5, 2020

16 Best Podcasts on Motivation to Help You Reach Your Goals

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.

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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Last Updated on July 3, 2020

Positive and Negative Reinforcement: Which Is More Effective?

Positive and Negative Reinforcement: Which Is More Effective?

It has been said that rarely am I short of words, and yet I’ve rewritten this article on positive and negative reinforcement five times. Why?

It’s not as if I have a lack of thoughts on this subject. It’s not as if I don’t spend my days enabling people to communicate powerfully and get what they want in life. So why the rewrites?

I’ve found myself thinking about the diversity of people I’ve coached and how different we all can be. Usually when I write for Lifehack, I’m able to see instant commonality in the subject that means I could share some ideas that would resonate wherever you are in life, whoever you are, regardless of what you were looking to achieve or what adversity you may be facing.

However, with this, it’s a “How long’s a piece of string?” answer, i.e. I could probably write a whole book’s worth of words and still have ideas to share.

Let’s look at some key points:

  • You will have times in your life where you need to get someone to do something.
  • You will have times when someone needs you to do something.

Let’s look at how positive and negative reinforcement would work. In both of these situations, you can face some big obstacles:

  • Someone may resist your desire for them to change.
  • Someone may challenge your authority or leadership.
  • Someone may be at risk of getting hurt.

The important thing to remember is that, in life, we all have to be influenced and influence those around us, and some ways will help us get the result we want, and others won’t. However, that may differ on where you are, who you are talking to, and what you want to see happen!

So, how do we know when positive reinforcement is effective[1], and can there ever be a time when negative reinforcement is good?

Worryingly, if you get positive and negative reinforcement wrong, you can risk your career, your business, your relationships, your reputation, and your brand.

Positive and negative reinforcement each have their merits, so it’s imperative to know when to employ them. Interestingly, despite a ton of evidence to the contrary, we still rely on the wrongs ones in society, business, and even in parenting.

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The 4 examples below showcase the use of positive and negative reinforcement, and whether they personally apply to you right now or not, they will resonate and be very useful to you personally in every area of your life.

For each we will look at:

  1. What’s the problem?
  2. What have you tried?
  3. Now what?
  4. The results!

The Boss

Okay, you may not be a boss, but everyone will have times in their life where they need to get people organized and working together to get the best result. Often, leaders say things like this to me:

  • “I’ve told them until I’m blue in the face not to do that!”
  • “They constantly refuse to use the new system.”
  • “They just don’t listen.”
  • “They don’t respect me.”

What Did the Boss Try?

Often, I hear “We’ve tried everything!” No matter who is reading this, trust me, you’ve not tried everything. (That’s the first thing to accept.) When you accept that, you then need to look at what you have tried to move forward.

The boss has tried:

  • Giving the person training.
  • Spending time with them and showing them how to do it.
  • Telling them it wasn’t good enough.
  • Telling them we aren’t doing that any more.

Now What?

The above situations create tension between the two as you constantly battle to maintain your position on the situation. If you are looking to get someone to do something, and they constantly resist, you need to stop and ask yourself some questions:

  1. What have we tried? This helps you to understand what they are good at, so you can utilize that in the conversation.
  2. From their viewpoint, what could prevent them from doing what I’ve asked? What could they fear, and how will we allay those fears?
  3. What do they want? Seeing their viewpoint enables you to use their terminology and language so they feel listened to.
  4. What do they believe? Do their beliefs prevent them from seeing the benefits? Beliefs can be changed but not by force—coaching is very powerful for this.
  5. How do these answers differ from my beliefs and views? Bridging the gap helps you to see both views and communicate more powerfully.

In my experience, rarely does a boss or leader need to say the word “No.” If someone is not doing what you want them to, the quickest way to see results is to ask questions and listen. Often, when you really listen, you discover a big gap between what you think you are saying and what the other person is hearing.

The reasons why someone is not doing what you want can include:

  • They don’t know how to do what you’ve asked them to do.
  • They are scared to get it wrong.
  • They fear what people will think of them.
  • They don’t have the confidence to come and tell you they need help.
  • They are scared that someone will tell them off.
  • They don’t understand where the boundaries are.

People tell me, “But I said that to them!” If you are too close to the situation, then how likely are they to take notice from you? Here’s what you can do:

  • Get out of your usual environment – Neutral environments make difficult conversations easier. They can take you both off your guard, which can be good.
  • Start by making that person feel safe to say anything. Start with ground rules like “This is a confidential conversation” and “I won’t make any judgement on what you say, I just want to understand.”
  • Be prepared to say “I’m sorry” or “I didn’t realize.” When you do this, positive and negative reinforcement can be used.

Learning how to coach people instead of tell people is key. Enabling the other person to see the benefits of what you want for them (and not you) is quicker than trying to dictate action.

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  • Lay out expected outcomes.
  • Create boundaries.
  • Explain what support and help you will provide.

The Results

This style of reinforcement is about utilizing both positive and negative reinforcement. It enables someone to feel safe to explain why they’ve not been taking action and helps them to overcome the limitations they feel while safe in the knowledge that they will get the support to change with the positive results explained in a way that matters to them.

The Young Child

If you’ve ever found yourself on the wrong end of a relentless tantrum of a small child, you will know it can feel impossible to get through to them. While many elements of The Boss scenario could work, there are times where you may need some negative reinforcement.

What’s the Problem?

My children are now 15 and 18. I can honestly say that, while we have had some challenging behaviors, our parenting means I have two children I’m very proud of–great communicators, great work ethic, kind, funny, considerate. The point is that, for my children, this stuff works. And, to be honest, when I’m with other people’s children, they often say “How did you get them to do that!”

Young children are amazing. It’s like they’ve just woken up in a new body and have been told to go touch, feel, experience everything–every emotion, every taste, smell, experience, texture, the lot! They are curious and keen to know more. They sap up everything, and a lot of that we don’t want them sapping up!

When they go to put a pencil in an electric socket, or let go of your hand as you cross the road, it’s imperative they get the learning and knowledge they need fast. I once was talking to a parent that said I was wrong to say no to my children. I asked, “At what age would you like me to introduce them to that word?” to which they had no answer.

While I agree that there are usually a lot more words than just no for children, “no” is a word that kept you and I safe when we were small.

What Have You Tried?

While young children are incredibly intelligent, explaining the merits of your preferred course of action is not going to keep them safe. Tying them to your waist isn’t working. Punishing them and telling them there’s no more park time until you walk next to me doesn’t work either. So how do you say no and keep them safe?

Now What?

Sometimes negative reinforcement is essential[2]. For instance, my son (who adored Bob the Builder when he was little) was playing with his plastic tool kit and discovered an electric socket…I didn’t stop to explain the merits of how that could be dangerous. I said calmly, “No, that’s dangerous!”

Here’s the important point: It’s not just about your words. With young children, it’s important that your body language clearly says the same.

The Results

I did feel like the luckiest parent on the planet to have two children sleeping through the night, but that didn’t tell the full story. I can remember spending a few weeks calmly picking my daughter up with no eye contact, no overly big hug, no conversation, just saying, “Sorry darling but now’s bedtime, so back we go.” And yes, being the strong-willed girl that she is, there was sometimes a good hour of that until she got the message that Mum really isn’t going to play, turn into a dinosaur, sing, or read a story.

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The thing with positive and negative reinforcement is that you need to have faith it will work, and you are doing the right thing.

Of course, when I went in to get her from her cot the next morning, I had a big grin on my face that said, “Wow, what a grown up girl you are staying in your bed all night!” I used positive reinforcement to get the day started.

The Teenager

What’s the Problem?

If I’m honest, I don’t have problems with my teenagers. However, I think that is in no small part to my style of communication. Having respect for them is key, and appreciating how much change is happening in their lives really helps–as someone who helps large teams of people deal with change, I know how hard it can be.

However, when I wrote the article How to Enjoy Parenting Teens and Help Your Kids Thrive, I was inundated with stories of hellish behavior from other parent’s teenagers, tales of staying out all night and not phoning home, abusive behavior towards parents and teens–I really felt for all involved.

What Have You Tried?

The problem with teens is they know exactly how to wind you up like a little clock-work toy. And if you’ve had a tough day, the last thing you want is to have to deal with someone who can’t even communicate with words, let alone put their dishes in the dishwasher.

Losing it is never the option, but it can easily happen. Shouting, bribery, and doing it yourself because it’s just easier really don’t work in the long run.

Now What?

If you consider everything we’ve covered, you can see that you need to communicate using positive and negative reinforcement. In life, there are consequences to all actions, and teens have a ton of stuff to learn to become effective, successful, happy adults.

Before you embark on any course of action, consider how the other person perceives the world. What are they going through?

You may have loved being a teen, but that doesn’t ensure your children will. Likewise, in life, there are things you love that others will loathe–seeing the world through other people’s eyes really helps you to understand the best way to communicate.

The only big difference for teenagers is to use emotion with caution. I personally let my children see all emotions–I’ve not hidden my tears when I’ve lost a loved one as it’s a perfectly normal thing to do. However, if a teenager in a foul mood can spot a weakness, they may just take advantage of it.

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The Results

My kids love to tell everyone I’m a scary mom. I’m not, I just have high standards, and I’m not prepared to drop them.

We shy away from telling people what we expect and then wonder why we are getting as stressed as the other party because no one knows where they stand.

I’m happy for my children to take over the TV room and eat far too much sweet stuff and binge on a box set. Just don’t put cups on the carpet, we have places for drinks. It’s having the confidence to say this is the rule.

People think negative reinforcement is a bad thing. However, how can someone change if they don’t know what they are doing wrong? And that’s the issue: so many of us are fearful of saying “Stop doing that!” If you lack confidence, find your voice because people aren’t mind-readers.

Final Thoughts

Before you start considering whether positive or negative reinforcement is best for others, ask yourself what you respond better to.

Personally, I respond far better to negative reinforcement–I can improve and be more successful and happier if I know what I’m doing wrong. Furthermore, I know that sometimes negative reinforcement works better with some clients who really don’t want to look at the issue–but it’s always done with respect and love.

Coaching people is also a great representation of when positive and negative reinforcement is best. We are looking to find ways to increase the positive action with positive reinforcement and ways to reduce the negative results with negative reinforcement–and usually my clients keep those changes for the rest of their lives.

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