Listen and Learn in 2017: Personal Development Podcasts that Inspire a Better You

I do it in the kitchen, in my car, while I’m in the shower, and even while I’m working out…

I am always plugged in to a podcast.

It’s my favorite learning tool. One of the best to download some development of the personal kind. Free access to information about virtually anything. At anytime. From anywhere. Eyeball-free info consumption.

Before I became a freelance writer, I had a 20 minute commute to work. Most days, I’d be on auto-pilot or occupied with trying to be discreet to passing cops as I put on makeup in the visor mirror (no longer a habit of mine). It was empty space either way.

When I became more eager about personal development, I filled that empty space with podcasts.

Here are ones I’ve handpicked out of my own personal stash. The ones that have had the biggest impact on my quest to become a better me. Just hit play and get ready for a hands-free ride to Enlightenment Town (note: not a real place).

Over It & On With It with 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 some obstacle in their life.

I can always find a way to relate to the caller in some way — which makes virtually every show a friggin’ gem.

Topics addressed include:

  • Relationships
  • Transitions
  • Health
  • Career
  • Life purpose
  • Spirituality

[If someone asked me which of those I needed assistance with, I’d say “yes please.”]

It’s personal and encouraging to hear a real person with real challenges start at deflated and defeated and finish at optimistic and motivated.

Christine rocks it by giving practical advice and actionable takeaways to make it easier than ever to apply it to your own life. And get this…each episode’s show notes are like mini mental worksheets that walk you through ways to implement her tips. She even offers guided meditations through her podcast channel.

“Over and On With It”gets a gold star for showing major listener love.

This show has lead to more a-ha moments than I can count. I don’t doubt it’ll do the same for you.

Theme: Advice, coaching, life-improvement

Recommendations: “68: Overcoming Self Doubt and Fear with Anneke


Tara Brach

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 self-limiting beliefs and 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 insightful 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 with 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.

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 with 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 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.

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.

Take the Mic

What are your favorite positive podcasts that inspire?