116 episodes

*Finalist 2019 Australian Podcast Awards*

Australian psychologist Ellen Jackson interviews experts from psychology, well being, neuroscience, leadership, parenting and high performance so that you can learn from the best, flourish and fulfil your potential.

Discover the science behind your mind, brain and behaviour, mindfulness, mental health, happiness, well being, sport, positive parenting and performance, conveyed through easy and engaging conversation with experts in their field.

Ellen's passion is quizzing her colleagues to uncover what they know about living well and sharing this with you to help you to master your mind and maximise the joy in your life.

So much to learn and all you need are your ears!

Potential Psychology Ellen Jackson

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 36 Ratings

*Finalist 2019 Australian Podcast Awards*

Australian psychologist Ellen Jackson interviews experts from psychology, well being, neuroscience, leadership, parenting and high performance so that you can learn from the best, flourish and fulfil your potential.

Discover the science behind your mind, brain and behaviour, mindfulness, mental health, happiness, well being, sport, positive parenting and performance, conveyed through easy and engaging conversation with experts in their field.

Ellen's passion is quizzing her colleagues to uncover what they know about living well and sharing this with you to help you to master your mind and maximise the joy in your life.

So much to learn and all you need are your ears!

    How to Thrive: Hope and Getting Ready for a New Year

    How to Thrive: Hope and Getting Ready for a New Year

    "Hope is believing that the future will be better than what life is today and believing that we have the power to make that so."

    Who else needs to hear that right now?

    Want to know more? Well, hope is the hot topic for this episode of the Potential Psychology Podcast!

    We've reached the conclusion of this weekly series "How To Thrive", a collaboration with positive psychology coach Marie McLeod. This series is all about exploring how to thrive and practicing the BEACON model; a model of thriving that Marie has developed to guide us through the simple steps to thriving and flourishing in life. The 6 'beams' of the BEACON model are:

    •Belonging
    •Engagement
    •Accountability
    •Compassion
    •Optimism
    •NurtureEach one has a dedicated episode where we explore each of the beams and how they help us in our goal to thrive and flourish. Make sure you catch them all.

    In this episode, Marie and I recap of our quest of getting better sleep from the Nurture episode, we discuss our plans and what we're looking forward to in 2022, and we explore:

    •What's next for the "How to Thrive" series (hint: there's a documentary)
    •Hope - what does it mean and why is it absolutely essential for our mental wellbeing?
    •Tips for mapping out a vision of our "best possible future self"
    •How to set intentions and take steps to plan our thriving year
    •What's in store for 2022 (hint: e-learning and possibly an e-book)

    Your last 'How to Thrive' quest:

    •Visualise your "best possible future self." If everything went as well as it possibly could, what would your life look like?
    •What goals are you going to set to bring that vision to life?
    •Consider the potential obstacles and plan around them.
    •Check-in frequently to see how you're going.
    •You can use the resources mentioned here and in our previous episodes to help you with this exercise.


    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Marie's website - needtoseesomeone.com and resources here.
    Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths by Charles Richard Snyder and Shane J. Lopez
    Seligman's PERMA+ Model - a foundational model in positive psychology
    Facing Your Fears and Learning to Grow with Dr Patricia Zurita Ona
    Dr. Peggy Kern
    http://potential.pro.viasurvey.org - VIA Strengths Survey

    Little Lessons for Leaders Masterclass: Creating Hard Stops on Meeting Creep and Zoom Gloom. Ellen's new online program for leaders grappling with hybrid teams in a post-COVID world is now open. Register here.

    Feedback? We want to hear from you. Email podcast@potential.com.au
    Want to hear more? It's all at potential.com.au/podcast
    Check out our Potential Psychology YouTube Channe...

    • 50 min
    How to Thrive: Nurture and Getting Splendid Sleep

    How to Thrive: Nurture and Getting Splendid Sleep

    ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................"A good night's sleep starts the moment we wake up."

    We're almost at the end of Season 11 with 2 more episodes left. Today, we're back with our second to the last episode of our new weekly podcast series "How To Thrive", a collaboration with positive psychology coach Marie McLeod. We're exploring the last beam of the BEACON model; a model of thriving that Marie has developed to guide us through the simple steps to thriving and flourishing in life.

    In this episode, we talk about Nurture - the one and only beam of the BEACON model that is about our physical health and how it interplays with our mental health. Nurture focuses on four aspects: eating, moving, sleeping, and being mindful. All of which revolve around, energy.

    Marie and I talk about:

    •Why maintaining energy is important in helping people thrive
    •A handy acronym to help us remember how to keep our energy levels sustained
    •Why do we need sleep
    •How important is sleep for productivity, performance, and mental health
    •How sleep deprivation impacts cognitive abilities and emotional regulation
    •What is sleep hygiene and why we need to think about it
    •Factors that affect our sleep and some practical tips to improve our sleep quality

    Your quest for the week: Nurture yourself by making improvements to your sleep quality. You can check out the cheat sheet to "Seven Steps to Splendid Sleep" in Marie's website or any of the resources listed above for tips on how to improve your sleep hygiene.

    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Marie's website - needtoseesomeone.com and resources here.
    Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Dr. Matthew Walker
    Fast Asleep by Dr Michael Mosley
    Headspace
    Don't Blame The Reptilian Brain with Dr. Sarah McKay
    Indulge Your Neurobiology TedTalk by Dr. Sarah McKay
    Sleeping Well with Dr Kate Sprecher
    The National Sleep Foundation


    Little Lessons for Leaders Masterclass: Creating Hard Stops on Meeting Creep and Zoom Gloom. Ellen's new online program for leaders grappling with hybrid teams in a post-COVID world is now open. Register here.

    Feedback? We want to hear from you. Email podcast@potential.com.au
    Want to hear more? It's all at potential.com.au/podcast
    Check out our Potential Psychology YouTube Channel here

    • 45 min
    How to Thrive: Optimism and Creating Jolts of Joy

    How to Thrive: Optimism and Creating Jolts of Joy

    "When we feel a moment of hope, pride, love, serenity, gratitude, inspiration... we actually open up and quite literally. We broaden our peripheral vision and expand our brain."

    In the 6th episode of our new weekly podcast series "How To Thrive," co-hosts Marie and Ellen explore the fifth "beam" of the BEACON model: Optimism.
    To recap, the first four beams are: Belonging, Engagement, Accountability, and Compassion. They are discussed in detail in the past 4 episodes of season 11. In each episode, Marie and Ellen talk about the science behind each beam and key you in on how each of these can help you thrive as they share practical applications and real-life experiences.

    In this exquisitely optimistic episode, Ellen and Marie talk about:

    •How emotions impact our brain and therefore our behaviour
    •Are some people more wired towards optimism than others?
    •How we can rewire our brains for a more positive disposition
    •How our brain is hardwired to broaden, build, and perform better with positive emotions
    •The neurological benefits of optimism and why is it important to notice the moments that give us a jolt of joy
    •Practical tips to increase your positive vs negative emotions ratio

    Your quest for this week: Create a "joy jar" by putting in a list of things that can help uplift your mood. You can enlist the help of your family, friends, or co-workers in this quest. The more ideas there are, the more opportunities there are to experience and share positive moments.

    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Marie's website - needtoseesomeone.com and resources here.
    Charles Richard Snyder's Hope Theory
    Dr. Barbara Fredrickson's Broaden-and-Build Theory of Positive Emotions
    Seligman's PERMA+ Model - a foundational model in positive psychology
    Jimmy Rees' Meanwhile in Australia

    Little Lessons for Leaders Masterclass: Creating Hard Stops on Meeting Creep and Zoom Gloom. Ellen's new online program for leaders grappling with hybrid teams in a post-COVID world is now open. Register here.

    Feedback? We want to hear from you. Email podcast@potential.com.au
    Want to hear more? It's all at potential.com.au/podcast
    Check out our Potential Psychology YouTube Channel here

    • 45 min
    How to Thrive: Compassion and Being Your Own Best Friend

    How to Thrive: Compassion and Being Your Own Best Friend

    "If only each of us realized the full extent to which all our problems, fears, and desires are shared by the rest of humanity, we'd all be so much more connected, self-forgiving, vulnerable, open, and free."

    In this, the 5th episode of our new weekly podcast series "How To Thrive" Marie and Ellen explore the fourth "beam" of the BEACON model: Compassion.

    It's relatively easy to feel compassion for others but practicing self-compassion is more challenging. Why, when we would give a friend facing struggle words of encouragement, do we beat ourselves up for not reaching expectations? And how is self compassion a super power? We discuss the answers and more in this episode.

    Listen in to hear Marie and I ask:

    •What is compassion?
    •How does it differ from kindness and empathy?
    •Why is balance is important and how do we avoid 'empathy fatigue'?
    •Why is it important to pay attention to our self-talk?
    •What are the most common stumbling blocks on the road to self-compassion? And what are the tips for overcoming them?
    •What are the three steps to self-compassion?

    Your quest for this week: Recall a time when you're were not proud of the way you showed up. How did you take the more self-compassionate route? Did you follow the three steps to self-compassion? (notice the moment, know that we are perfectly imperfect, and bring the intent to soothe ourselves rather than beat ourselves up) Tell us about it, we'd love to hear from you!

    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Marie's website - needtoseesomeone.com and resources here.
    The Compassionate Mind (Compassion Focused Therapy) by Paul Gilbert
    Awakening Compassion at Work: The Quiet Power That Elevates People and Organizations by Monica C. Worline and Jane E. Dutton
    The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky
    Kristin Neff's The three elements of self-compassion
    Developing the Indomitable Gift of Compassion with Dr. Stan Steindl
    The Psychology Podcast with Scott Barry Kaufman

    Little Lessons for Leaders Masterclass: Creating Hard Stops on Meeting Creep and Zoom Gloom. Ellen's new online program for leaders grappling with hybrid teams in a post-COVID world is now open. Register here.

    Feedback? We want to hear from you. Email podcast@potential.com.au
    Want to hear more? It's all at potential.com.au/podcast
    Check out our Potential Psychology YouTube Channel here

    • 47 min
    How to Thrive: Accountability and Walking the Line Between Grit and Grace

    How to Thrive: Accountability and Walking the Line Between Grit and Grace

    "Thriving is not a spectator sport. You can't sit back and watch it happen."

    This is the 4th episode of our new weekly podcast series "How To Thrive", a collaboration with positive psychology coach Marie McLeod. This series is all about exploring how to thrive and practicing the BEACON model; a model that Marie has developed to guide us through the simple steps to thriving and flourishing in life.

    In this week's episode we explore the third "beam" of the BEACON model: Accountability.

    This might seem an unusual element of thriving but there is no thriving without doing - and sometimes we need to hold ourselves accountable to get the doing, done.

    Listen in as Marie and Ellen discuss:

    •What accountability means when it comes to thriving and why it's important
    •Real life, practical examples of where people struggle with accountability (because it's something we all struggle with from time to time)
    •How our personal beliefs impact our goals and motivation.
    •How to find your "why" to build motivation.
    •Tips and techniques for holding yourself accountable to your action steps for thriving.

    Your quest for this week: Get curious and challenge yourself to try a new activity for a week that you know will help you to thrive - even if it's difficult to get started. You might like to reflect on the activities we've spoken about already in this series - connecting with others, discovering or using your strengths to find 'flow' - or maybe it's an activity you've not tried before or you want to re-integrate into your life. Ellen and Marie discussed yoga and meditation as activities they'd like to get back into. Walking, social activities or new hobbies are also great ideas.

    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Marie's website - needtoseesomeone.com and resources here.
    Seligman's PERMA+ Model - a foundational model in positive psychology
    Charles Duhigg's The Power of Habit
    BJ Fogg's Tiny Habits

    Little Lessons for Leaders Masterclass: Creating Hard Stops on Meeting Creep and Zoom Gloom. Ellen's new online program for leaders grappling with hybrid teams in a post-COVID world is now open. Register here.

    Feedback? We want to hear from you. Email podcast@potential.com.au
    Want to hear more? It's all at potential.com.au/podcast
    Check out our Potential Psychology YouTube Channel here

    • 53 min
    How to Thrive: Engagement and Getting into a State of "Flow"

    How to Thrive: Engagement and Getting into a State of "Flow"

    "Flow requires us to use our strengths. Sadly many of us don't really know what those are. One of the first things that you must do is to identify these strengths. What are those things that your brain is wired to do, those things that you love doing?"

    This is the 3rd episode of our new weekly podcast series "How To Thrive", a collaboration with positive psychology coach Marie McLeod. This series is all about exploring how to thrive and practicing the BEACON model; a model that Marie has developed to guide us through the simple steps to thriving and flourishing in life.

    Today, we recap what we learned about Belonging and talk about how we did on our weekly quest. We then explore the second "beam" of the BEACON model: Engagement.
    We discuss:

    •Deep focus or "flow" and how it improves our quality of life, satisfaction and happiness
    •Does personality affect how easy it is to get into a state of flow
    •How can we craft our lives in order to get into a "flow" more often
    •Understanding your profile of individual strengths and how to use that to increase engagement

    Your quest for this week: Go with the way you're wired and spend more time doing the things you're good at. What activities get you into a state of flow and how do they make you feel? Share your experience with us. We'd love to hear from you. If you need a little help finding your strengths, take the VIA strengths survey.

    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Marie's website - needtoseesomeone.com and resources here.
    http://potential.pro.viasurvey.org - VIA Strengths Survey

    How to Support Your Employees (and Yourself) While Working From Home? - Little Lessons for Leaders Masterclass: Creating Hard Stops on Meeting Creep and Zoom Gloom. Starting Soon. Don't miss out!

    Feedback? We want to hear from you. Email podcast@potential.com.au
    Want to hear more? It's all at potential.com.au/podcast
    Check out our Potential Psychology YouTube Channel here

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

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36 Ratings

Meesy ,

Practical and thought provoking

Relevant, insighftul, must-listen eps. The kind of podcast where you go back to ep 1 and listen to every single show. Thanks Ellen for your great range of topics and worthy guests.

grumpy000000 ,

An excellent podcast

Ellen is an outstanding podcaster. Her topics are relevant and fascinating.

TraceyI7 ,

Always interesting and entertaining

Highly recommend this podcast series- I never miss an episode. The interviews are always insightful and I learn something new from every episode. Ellen always chooses guests who are knowledgeable and entertaining, and her interview style is warm and friendly, which brings out their best. I especially enjoyed the recent episode on motivation, which was jam packed with practical and useful information. Thanks Ellen, love your work.

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