Happy New(ish) Year! I hope you’re feeling excited and hopeful about all that 2018 has in store for you.
We’ve rounded up five podcasts to keep that ‘new year, new you’ glow going. From how to spend more time doing the things you love to defining success on your own terms, this collection of podcasts will have you filled with inspiration, gratitude and focus to make it the very best year yet.
Let us know what podcasts you’re loving and we’ll add them to our must listen list.
Five Podcasts to Kick Off Your Best Year
How much time do you spend doing the things that make you happy, fulfilled and move you toward your goals? If I’m being honest with myself, it’s not much and definitely not consistent week to week. My excuse: I just don’t have the time. Mavenly + Co’s CEO + Founder, Kate Gremillion talks about the ‘busy’ in our lives and gives actionable ways to make room for things that truly light us up. I’ve already downloaded the worksheet and getting really honest with myself about what I spend my time on.
Jenna Kutcher is widely known for her gorgeous wedding photography and real talk about body image, the perception of success and miscarriage. She’s built an empire with a vivacious, creative and loyal following despite the fact that, in her own words, she’s just “a very average person” from a small town in Wisconsin.
If you do nothing else, fast forward to 41 min 23 secs where among other nuggets of wisdom, she offers this for us to consider: “So much of what we lack in our lives is the belief that we’re extraordinary. I think we see what is extraordinary about other people, but we never see what is great within us.”
Katia Beauchamp, co-founder of Birchbox, talks about the incredible value mothers bring to the workforce, playing by your own rules, and owning your unique power to be a badass in every area of your life.
This is an older episode from NPR’s TED Radio Hour, but the topics couldn’t be more relevant for the beginning of the year. Tony Robbins discusses how the ‘story’ we tell about our lives affects our success. He also shares surprising little-known details about his childhood that will change the way you think about who he is and what he does. Lee Duckworth who’s TED Talk about Grit has topped many of the ‘best of’ lists explains why grit is the key ingredient in success. And, Mike Rowe, known for his show ‘Dirty Jobs’ among others, asks if we’ve been thinking about success all wrong.
I’m a huge believer in listening to (and saying) positive affirmations. I realize I’m letting my #freakflag fly a bit here, but stick with me. What we say to ourselves determines the reality we live in. I’ve personally seen this work in real life. Here’s some proof: I delivered my youngest son with very little pain due affirmations leading up to and during his birth. I stayed emotionally afloat through the toughest and most stressful time in my life by starting every day with a positive affirmation. And, I’ve used them to go from nervous wreck to calm and energized before the biggest and most important presentations in my career.
I come back to this guided meditation over and over again especially when life feels overwhelming or I’ve put too much emphasis on my performance versus intrinsic worth. Also, it’s said that gratitude is key to true happiness, deep relationships and better health, so there’s that.