Happy 2018! It’s the time for goal setting and the start of 365 new opportunities to start fresh! This year I’m beginning by setting my focus and intentionally analyzing what I am listening to and what I am allowing to influence my mindset each day.
Upon reflection, I’ve noticed that if I am not careful, it can be so easy to get lost in the vortex of the “to-do” list or allow negativity to alter my mindset. This has been a challenge for me and can easily leave me feeling overwhelming and anxious. I’ve found that it is important to slow down and evaluate the things that I am allowing to speak to my mind and heart. Ensuring that only positive influences go in has been a game-changer when it comes to establishing and keeping a positive mindset throughout the day.
One of my favourite ways to gain inspiration, focus or encouragement is by listening to podcasts while I drive. If you haven’t embraced the podcast world yet, I highly recommend it! Here are my top 5 recommendations for inspiration and establishing a positive mindset:
The Simple Show
Also known as “The Art of Simple”, The Simple Show is a podcast about saying “no” and “yes” to the right things. I’ll be honest, simplifying my life by honing in on the life-giving things has been very freeing! I don’t have to ‘keep up’ with anyone or prove my importance or value to anyone through my work or the stuff I own; I can say no to all of that and simply do what makes my heart sing. Game-changer!
TED Talks Daily
It’s no surprise that I am a huge fan of TED. You can watch my TEDx presentation from 2016 here. One of the things I love most about TED Talks Daily is that it introduces me to ideas that I might have not normally interact with and that kind of positive, open-minded thinking is always good for my personal growth and development.
Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations
If we are talking inspirational podcasts, no list is complete without Oprah! Her Supersoul Conversations podcast includes intimate talks with “thought-leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual luminaries, as well as health and wellness experts”. I know he’s controversial in the faith community but I really enjoyed her recent talk with Rob Bell. It was an unpretentious and refreshing take on knowing God and the whole of the human experience.
The Goal Digger Podcast
While much of the podcast is geared for the entrepreneurial woman in business, The Goal Digger Podcast is ranked as one of the Top 100 on iTunes and full of wisdom and positive encouragement that helps me redefine what success actually looks like. Jenna Kutcher is so fun to listen to, so empowering and feels like a true girlfriend who is cheering me on in both my personal and professional life.
Conversations with John and Lisa Bevere
This is a faith-based podcast by one of my favourite Christian speakers, Lisa Bevere, and her husband. I love that these short 15-minute conversations are power packed with positivity that gets deep and inspires me to receive God’s best for my life. There’s a recent episode about contentment that really spoke to me.
More to add?
Do you listen to podcasts? Have any recommendations for me? I’m always on the lookout for new, fun and inspiring podcasts to listen to during my daily commute or while I get work done around the house, so please leave me a comment with the names of your favourite podcast shows!
And….stay tuned for a new podcast show by yours truly, coming Spring 2018! It’s going to be good!
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