Daily life can wear you down. Have you ever had a day where nothing goes right? Your spouse yells at you, you fight with your teenager, your boss criticizes your work, and you wake up to find that your dog left a not-so-pleasant gift in the living room.

We've all been there.

One of the ways I escape is podcasts. They help me to get motivated, recharge my spirit, boost my mood, and help me get better. 

Here are 10 inspirational podcasts you should check out today.

1.      Where There's Smoke

Where There's Smoke is a weekly podcast by Brett Gajda and Nick Jaworski that explores self-development through the filter of current events, pop culture, and experience.

New episodes come out every Tuesday, and they usually run about 30 minutes. Topics run the gamut of daily life, including gratitude, willpower, service, criticism, stress, and more. Episodes feature experts who share their experiences, and the messages are always upbeat and positive.

Brett gets straight to the point without useless filler, fluff, or marketing messages, which makes it a pleasure to listen to. Many episodes offer actionable tips that you can use right away, while others present ideas that open your eyes and make you think.

2.      Changeability

This weekly podcast from the UK's Kathryn Bryant and Julian Illman provides interviews, tools, and techniques to make positive changes in your life by managing your mind.

The podcast lasts 30 - 45 minutes, on average, and covers techniques to help you develop better habits, improve your physical health, improve mind management, cultivate self-love, set goals, and more.

3.      Inspire Nation

Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee host this podcast to help you become healthier, more successful, and happier.

New episodes are released nearly every day and usually last between 1 - 1.5 hours.

They feature motivational speakers, health experts, athletes, and regular, everyday people. The messages are a mixture of personal stories as well as useful techniques you can use to overcome obstacles and live a healthier, happier life.

Author and former pro athlete Lewis Howes hosts this podcast meant to inspire, uplift, and help you reach greatness in many aspects of your life.

Episodes often feature high-profile guests from various backgrounds who share personal stories, tips, and techniques to help you improve your own life. Topics include relationships, health, business, fear, love, success, and more.

New episodes are released every 2-3 days, and they range from 40 minutes to 1.5 hours long.

5.      The Art of Charm

AJ and Jordan Harbinger's podcast brings professionals, authors, professors, coaches, scientists, and others to share advice and stories to improve how you think, perform, and network.

New episodes are released every 1 - 2 days and last from 30 minutes to an hour long. On Fridays, they release a special podcast to answer listeners' questions. A short, 5-10-minute episode called "Minisode Monday" comes out on Mondays that features a quick and actionable tip that you can implement right away.

The podcast offers a plethora of useful advice and insights from a wide variety of experts, so you're sure to find something helpful and uplifting.

6.      The Brendon Show

Brendon Burchard is the author, motivational speaker, and personal-development coach behind The Brendon Show. The podcast is ad-free and offers advice on how to excel in all areas of your life.

He publishes two episodes every week. One talks about his personal experiences and what he's learned, while the other episode is a training for how to improve one specific aspect of your life.

The episodes range from 10 minutes to over an hour long. Topics include risk-taking, hope, meaning and purpose, insecurity, growth, goals, love, and more.

7.      Good Life Project

Jonathon Fields started the Good Life Project, and the podcast features guest speakers who inspire, teach, and share personal stories. The goal of the podcast is to help you live a more meaningful, connected, and vital life.

New episodes are released every 2-3 days, and topics cover a wide variety of topics. They all offer actionable advice that you can use as well as stories that inspire. Episodes typically run from 30 minutes to a little over an hour.

8.      The One You Feed

The One You Feed podcast was created by Eric Zimmer and Charles Forbes to inspire, motivate, and teach you about how to conquer life's problems and live well.

Episodes include interviews with well-known authors and professionals who share engaging stories, scientific research, and techniques to overcome your barriers and live a happier, more fulfilled life.

Topics cover anxiety and depression, emotions, theoretical physics, meditation, success and happiness, procrastination, and more. Episodes typically last 30 to 45 minutes.

9.      Invisibilia

Invisibilia is published by NPR and hosted by Alix Spiegel, Lulu Miller, and Hanna Rosin. It discusses the invisible concepts that control our behaviors, including beliefs, assumptions, cultural norms, and emotions.

The hosts interview innovative thinkers. They help you learn new things, or they take a common concept and present it in a new light, so you walk away with a completely different perspective. The podcast inspires and motivates by teaching you what these invisible forces do and how they affect you. Then, you learn how to harness their power to create positive change in your own life.

Zig Ziglar motivated millions of people for many years, and The Ziglar Show continues his legacy by teaching you how to be the best you can be.

Hosts Kevin Miller and Tom Ziglar interview some of the most influential people to show you how to get motivated and make the changes you need to be successful in all areas of life. The episodes typically run from 25 minutes to 1.5 hours long.

Conclusion

These inspirational podcasts provide a wealth of information to help inspire and motivate you to live an incredible life. You can listen anytime, anywhere, so it is a convenient way to learn and improve.

Published on: Nov 28, 2018
Like this column? Sign up to subscribe to email alerts and you'll never miss a post.