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Does your commute suck? Do you hate running or exercising, but could bear it if you had something interesting to listen to? Would you enjoy housework and chores more if you listened to something while you worked? Enter podcasts. Of all the different styles out there, my favorites are personal growth podcasts. I use these seven to feed my mind.
Updated November 2020
Warning: if you’re listening in your car, use Android Auto, Apple Car Play, Bluetooth, or the auxiliary jack! Never wear earbuds while driving!
1. The Life Coach School Podcast with Brooke Castillo
Hands down, Brooke Castillo’s The Life Coach School Podcast is my favorite personal growth podcast out there. Every episode is friendly, practical, and makes sense. As of November 1st, 2020, she has 342 episodes live on her website. I listen to episodes at 2x speed on Stitcher and have caught up as of this writing.
Brooke covers topics like how to feel better, boundaries, self-worth, responsibility, changing your brain, weight loss and hunger, constraint, discipline, and a plethora of other self-coaching topics. I can honestly say that I love every single episode I listen to.
If I had to credit anything with changing my mind and realizing how I think about things, this podcast takes 90% of it.
2. Happier with Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft
I don’t remember how I stumbled across this podcast (it might have been my accountability partner’s suggestion!), and it’s so fun to listen to. A quirk of my personality means I pay closer attention when I learn that someone else has Type 1 Diabetes as Elizabeth Craft does.
The Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast discusses tips and strategies to be happier! They also talk about the four tendencies, happiness habits, and happiness stumbling blocks.
Gretchen and Elizabeth also give out happiness demerits and gold stars to things, people, places, or events in their lives. They act as a good reminder to always keep an eye out for the things that make us happy.
3. Do It Scared with Ruth Soukup
I’m in love with anything and everything Ruth creates. I'm part of the Doing It Scared Community, and was on the launch team for the Do It Scared book.
The Do It Scared podcast is motivational, inspirational, and fun to listen to. Ruth interviews people about how fear has influenced their lives and how to use the understanding of our fear archetypes to best deal with fear when it comes up.
On every episode, she reminds her listeners that courage doesn’t mean you’re never afraid. It just means you take action anyway, despite the fear.
I adopted Ruth’s 7 Principles of Courage into my own Guiding Principles of life, and I look at them every day—doing things scared seems to happen all the time!
4. Achieve Your Goals with Hal Elrod
Hal Elrod is the author of The Miracle Morning, the off-shoot MM books, and The Miracle Equation. He was in a devastating car crash at age 20—a crash that actually killed him for 6 minutes and left him with traumatic brain injuries.
Despite doctors telling him he’d never walk again, Hal’s mindset and personal set of rules for life had him walking in something like three weeks after the crash.
Hal’s Achieve Your Goals podcast is intended to do exactly that—achieve your goals. Hal discusses goal-setting and -achieving strategies, talks to other people about how they achieved their goals, and brings on people that have used The Miracle Morning to change their own lives.
5. Goal Digger Podcast with Jenna Kutcher
Jenna Kutcher’s Goal Digger Podcast is targeted toward younger female entrepreneurs. A lot of her podcast covers business, but that’s not all she talks about! Jenna is open, honest, and vulnerable. In her early podcast episodes she talks about her struggles with miscarriage and how she became the person who openly talked about that painful experience.
Even though her podcast isn’t 100% in the personal growth space, Jenna has nuggets of wisdom in every episode.
I’ll admit that Jenna’s not for everyone. She has a Facebook group (Goal Digger Podcast Insiders) that reacted poorly when Jenna hosted her first male guest on the podcast: Tony Robbins. A lot of drama ensued, but that doesn’t take away from the value the podcast provides.
I actually enjoyed the episode with Tony, even though I think he’s over-the-top!
6. Lead to Win with Michael Hyatt and Megan Hyatt Miller
Michael Hyatt is a big name in blogging. He runs Michael Hyatt & Co., is the author of multiple books, including Free to Focus, and knows a great deal about leadership.
Hence, the Lead to Win podcast he hosts with his daughter is a great resource for anyone interested in leadership at any level. Becoming an effective leader is a high-level exercise in personal growth.
Not everyone is cut out to be a leader, but everyone can and has led something at some point and was either successful or not. Leadership isn’t just at work, and we can even “lead from below.”
The great thing about this podcast is that I get something out of every episode. Not every topic is totally applicable to my life, but there’s always something to think about.
I didn’t know about Free to Focus until I listened to this podcast, and after I bought and read it, I recommended it to my manager!
7. Jocko Podcast with Jocko Willink and Echo Charles
For those interested in discipline, control over yourself, military leadership styles, grit, determination, and strength in difficult times, this podcast is for you. Go into it expecting really long episodes (sometimes over 2 hours), war stories, and excerpts from books about war.
Sometimes the subject matter is horrific and yet serves as an example for the subject Jocko and Echo cover in the episode. There may be plenty of episodes you choose to skip, and that’s okay.
Jocko Willink is a former Navy SEAL who served during the Iraq War. He was in charge of the urban combat in Ramadi, the most hotly contested area in 2005 and 2006. Jocko and one of his subordinates, Leif Babin, wrote a book about their time there called Extreme Ownership.
The Jocko Podcast discusses many of the principles of Extreme Ownership. I consider this a personal growth podcast because Jocko is gung-ho about disciplining yourself and being the director of your own mind—your own life.
Nothing makes you grow up faster than war, and Jocko brings these lessons to his listeners.
Other Personal Growth Podcasts
I’ve heard of these podcasts but haven’t had the chance to listen to them yet! I’m one of those people who doesn’t want to miss anything, so I listen to podcasts from the beginning, even when they have over 200 episodes. When I’m caught up with my current list (which will take a while) I’ll listen to these, too!
Pick One and Listen
Do any of these personal growth podcasts tickle your brain? Try out an episode. I recommend The Life Coach School Podcast as the first one to try because it’s just so good.