7 Inspiring Podcasts for Personal Development

I've been listening to a lot of podcasts recently.  For me, they are a great way of learning and opening my mind to new perspectives and ideas on all sorts of subjects, but especially those related to personal development. Over the past eight months or so, I've really started getting into them and discovering new podcasts on a regular basis.

I'm sure you already know what a podcast is and have probably listened to a few, but if you're totally new to the concept, I'll briefly explain here.  A podcast is like a radio show in a way, but completely independent of any media networks - usually.  Anyone can start a podcast, and they can be about any topic and in various formats - one person talking, an interview, a drama, etc.  Some have a very basic production with minimal resources, with everything done by one person, others are more sophisticated with a whole team behind them and include sponsors and advertising.  Some are adapted from YouTube videos or webinars or even live talks.

You can listen to podcasts on iTunes, Spotify and many other podcast platforms, or often directly on a webpage.

There are some truly exciting and inspiring podcasts out there if you take the time to find them.

I've found that one podcast often leads to another, when the guest being interviewed is another podcaster then I will often go and look up their podcast.  I've discovered some of my favourite podcasts this way.

Another way I've found new podcasts to listen to is from the recommendations that come up on Spotify - where I usually listen to them.  It will show you other podcasts on topics related to ones you already follow, and sometimes one of these catches my attention.

Some of my favourite podcasts are on the topic of personal development and related aspects of this field, so I thought I'd tell you a bit about them and why I recommend them here, so you can check them out for yourself.

The links here are either to the website or to the podcast on Spotify.

I don't actually remember how or exactly when I first came across Ruth Soukup, but her podcast was one of the first I started listening to.  Her whole "Do it Scared" philosophy is inspirational by itself, the idea of breaking through your fears and working towards your dreams in spite of yourself.  She also has some very inspiring guests on the show, too.  The show's format includes interviews, her "Get Ruthed" coaching sessions with bloggers and shorter "Quick Win" episodes.  One of the interviews that is really worth listening to is Living Life on Your Own Terms in Uncertain Times with Susie Moore.  There are many more!

I discovered Hal Elrod and his Miracle Morning concept from an interview on the Do It Scared podcast, so then of course I went and looked up his own podcast.  It is really about so much more than just achieving your goals.  He talks honestly about his recent struggles with anxiety and depression brought on by chemotherapy and the strategies he is using to work through it.

He has some really interesting guests on and these interviews are interspersed with solo episodes in which he also offers some insights especially related to mindset and habits.  This episode, How To Take Action When You Don't Feel Like It was full of useful tips and I also thought his interview with Dr Benjamin Hardy, Why Your Personality Isn't Permanent was really fascinating.


I first came across Nicole a few years ago through an online summit.  She is a journalling coach, teacher, writer and journal maker on a mission to inspire other women to transform their lives through Intentional Journaling Practice.  She is also now my journalling mentor since I joined her Flourish writing community.  This podcast is an extension of her journal coaching with Nicole discussing themes around self-transformation through writing, with journalling inspiration and prompts for reflection and self-discovery.  One such episode is Facing the Page - What do I Write? which, as the name suggests, provides some tips to help you "start a conversation with yourself" when you don't know what to write.

Excuse the language, but that's the name of this fascinating podcast, all about transforming the way you think through cognitive psychology-based techniques and insights from feminist theory.  I also discovered this podcast from an interview with Kara on the Do It Scared Podcast.

Most of the episodes are quite short, and in them Kara teaches you how to overcome limiting beliefs, self-criticism, anxiety and more by becoming aware of how your mind works and changing your thoughts. It is worth delving into her series called Turn Panic into Peace dealing with various aspects of covid-19 and quarantine. Brain Habits & How to Change Them is one of the episodes from this series.

I discovered Marie Forleo a while ago through an email newsletter I was subscribed to (I don't remember which) which included a link (in a list of inspiring things, I think) to an interview with Dr. Terarai Trent on MarieTV, her YouTube show, which is also broadcast in podcast form.  I watched the interview which was beyond inspiring and subscribed to the channel, then sometime later I subscribed to her podcast.  

She has interviews with some amazing guests and shorter solo shows usually with very useful tips and techniques on anything from copywriting to how to take action on your ideas, to what to say to comfort those experiencing loss or suffering.  You're sure to find something of value for you here.


I discovered this one from an interview on the Hal Elrod podcast and this episode, Why 66 Days Can Transform Your Year, is where I got the idea for my 66-day challenge to start a new habit.  The podcast is a spin-off from the book of the same name and is built around the idea of focussing on one thing at a time to get to where you want to be.  It is, obviously, centred around habit-forming and the idea that "People don't decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures."  It encourages you to simplify everything down to having ONE priority, and creating ONE small habit at a time.

I'm pretty sure this was a Spotify recommendation that caught my attention.  They are lectures from live events with leading experts in the fields of alternative health, nutrition, intuitive medicine, psychology, spirituality, success and personal development.  I have listened to a few of these - Making Your Mind Matter and Soul Shifts are a few examples - picking and choosing the ones that catch my attention.  A couple of the others I will listen to at some point are Your Subconscious Brain Can Change Your Life, The Art and Science of Living a Creative Life.  I think it's definitely worthwhile to see what gems you can discover here!

These are only a few of the inspiring personal development podcasts that are out there - there are so many more.  I'd love to hear your recommendations for more great podcasts to listen to - leave me a comment below!

If you enjoyed reading this post, you may also be interested in How to start new habits and transform your life.


  1. #KCACOLS Oh, that are a lots of good podcasts. Thanks for the list Ruth. I've been looking for recommendation on podcasts and your post is just falling in the right place.

  2. Interesting. I tend to listed to audio books while doing housework and cooking. These would be good too....#KCACOLS

  3. I have just recently started to get into a few podcasts, I like the sound of Unf*ck Your Brain with Kara Loewentheil, I will check it out x x #KCACOLS

  4. I like the sound of all of these! However, I don't currently listen to any podcasts, so it's sort of a new thing to fit into my days... if I can find/make the time for it ;-) Perhaps I should?
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS, hope you come back again next time! x

  5. I like the sound of the 'Do It Scared' podcast. I have my license but I'm terrified of driving so sounds like it would help! #KCACOLS

  6. I don’t listen to podcasts. Maybe I should give one ago.
    These sound interesting. #lcacols

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