Podcasts can have a significant effect on your life, as they have had on mine. When I started being aware of personal development, it was podcasts that gave me direct access to wisdom and encouragement, whenever I needed it. Which was often.
At first I would laugh at how clichéd the content seemed to me. Thoughts like “Why the hell are all these people getting up at 5am?!”, “No, jovial host, I am not a goal achiever” or, most often, “Could these people be anymore…American?!” would circle through my Scottish head (BTW, by ‘American’ I mean determined and confident!). But I also realised that I could do with a bit more determination and confidence in my life. So I kept listening.
Overtime the podcasters became like friends and teachers, introducing me to new thought processes and ideas on life. I started to think differently and found myself advocating a more proactive and conscious way of living. As described by blogger Steve Pavlina, “Eventually that little pattern that was once just an idea becomes dominant enough to start influencing thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and behaviour congruently.” The pattern of listening to podcasts during my commute and downtime had started to change my life.
A few years later and I’m still listening and growing thanks to the powerful content held in these podcasts. My favourite shows may have changed but the podcasts here will always hold a special place in my heart for having encouraged me to live my life more purposefully. I hope that you will find value from them too!
Podcasts that encourage intentional living
Lewis Howes is to my ears a total jock, with heart. He has the standard rags to riches story, and lots of great personalities from all walks of life on his show. I feel like I’m getting a locker room pep talk when I listen, and I’ve never even played sports. “It’s time to go out there and do something great”!
Brendon Burchard is positioning himself as a Tony Robbins type guru, and doing a pretty good job of it at that. I’ve noted down a lot of gems from this guy over the years.
Michael Hyatt is lovely. He seems to live with integrity and I think we could all learn a lot from this guy. Listening is sort of like having a coffee with an approachable CEO. But you get to wear your PJs!
Podcasts for productivity
When you’re struggling to find time for all the learning and work you want to do as part of your intentional life, here are a few podcasts that will get you going:
This show is about dominating your day before breakfast, which thankfully doesn’t necessarily require you to get up at 5am! I love how the host, Jeff Sanders, has so much energy and passion for a life lived on purpose. I also recommend his book as it is full of great tips.
Hosted by the Miracle Morning‘s Hal Elrod, this is another show that is just bursting at the seems with energy, productivity tips and general motivation.
Brian Johnson authored ‘Philosopher’s Notes‘ where he distils the texts of great philosophers and gurus down into bitesize summaries. The Optimize podcast is basically the aural version. It’s sometimes overwhelming how much wisdom can come at you in 3 minutes of audio. As a heads up, when a podcast is that short, and there is still the same advert for his community on each one, it can get a bit annoying…I could probably recite it verbatim!
I hope that some of these podcasts will be a good match for your tastes. Do you listen to podcasts? Please let me know any I should check out!