The Lesson: In an age of readily available motivational resources, some people who are trying to improve their mindset and lifestyle can feel inadequate with the standards that they set for themselves. The self-help practices that we utilize may end up turning into self-criticism and resentment. Danielle Laporte, a Canadian inspirational speaker, talks about how you can avoid those harmful perspectives and commit to forgiving yourself on your path to self-growth.

Notable Excerpt: “Devotion is not easy, but it is worth it. It’s your relationship with spirit. It’s not a cake walk. It’s like your relationship with any thing, any person. The rough parts require commitment, and seeing it through, and being flexible.”

The GuestDanielle LaPorte does it all – she is a painter, Washington DC think-tank executive, motivational speaker, bestselling author, poet, entrepreneur, and former business strategist. She is also an inaugural member of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, a group that Winfrey says “is uniquely connecting the world together with a spiritual energy that matters.” Forbes has also named Laporte’s blog one of the top 100 websites for women in 2012, calling her “a contrarian self-help guru.”

The Hosts: Eric Zimmer and Chris Forbes are two friends who first started co-hosting “The One You Feed” health podcast because they were “both prone to being sad sacks”. The name of the show comes from an old parable about how we decide what emotions we feel by choosing which metaphorical wolf to feed. Since Zimmer and Forbes created the show, they have recorded over 200 episodes about habits, meditation, wisdom, depression, anxiety, happiness, psychology, philosophy, and motivation.

Podcast: “The One You Feed” podcast is available to download for free on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play.

Books: LaPorte is the author of several bestsellers, such as “The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul”, “White Hot Truth: Clarity for Keeping It Real on Your Spiritual Path from One Seeker to Another”, and “The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms”.

(LISTEN to the inspiring talk below) – Photo by Albert Subirats, CC

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