How To Create Positive Habits That Actually Stick with Michael Balchan – The Fed and Fearless Podcast Episode 134

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Do you want to become the best and most heroic version of yourself possible? Of course, you do! Today, Michael Balchan explains how to achieve this by taking your goals and habits from theory to practice.



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About Michael Balchan

Michael Balchan is the Co-Creator and a Founding Partner of Heroic, a social training platform built to change the world by helping you be the best, most Heroic version of yourself.

A Harvard Graduate who studied Psychology and Economics, Michael spent ten years in finance and then launched a private coaching practice working with corporate executives, elite athletes, and startup leadership teams. As President of Heroics’ sister company and personal development platform Optimize Coach, he helped launch and lead the program which serves more than 5,500 people from over 95 countries.

Michael regularly teaches personal growth, positive psychology, peak performance, habit creation, wellness, relationships, and leadership. Micheal has been interviewed about these topics on The Quarter-Life Comeback, Good Day DC, and more.

He is a top 10% Ironman finisher and lives in Chicago with his wife and two young daughters.

Change Starts With You

In this episode, Michael explains how change starts with one person at a time and the first person is you. Before you can lead others, you have to lead yourself. This begins by recognizing your emotional state, your physiological state, and understanding how you’re showing up.

Michael promises that, if we begin by taking personal responsibility, our impact will be that much more powerful. It will powerfully influence relationships, your business, and everyone connected to you.


For Heroes, It’s All About the Process

Michael wants us all to be heroes. In its truest sense, a hero is a protector motivated by love. When you’re willing to express the best version of yourself and use that in service, you are heroic. 

Yet, we often find something standing in the way of taking the actions we want to take. Michael wants you to remember that this doesn’t mean that something is wrong with you. Rather, you may just not be designing your environment properly. With that in mind, he describes some small steps you can take right away to build an environment designed to help you succeed. 

Making changes and growing will be uncomfortable. That’s how you know it’s working. But by not letting discomfort get you off track, you can continue making gains.

Michael takes this a step further by designing systems that make it feel good to do what is actually good for us. This centers around celebrating every accomplishment no matter how trivial it may seem.

What small win can you celebrate today! Leave a comment below! 


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  • What happens when you take a long view of your journey to success [3:25]
  • Why making change starts by recognizing your own personal situation [8:10]
  • What it actually means to be a hero [19:20]
  • What stands between people and taking the actions they want to [21:30]
  • The power of celebrating all successes, no matter how small [26:00]
  • Why your process is more important than your goals [36:30]
  • Getting clear on what it is you really want in order to create true satisfaction [48:00]



“To see the long arc and to recognize that, if I want to be successful at this it won’t take a month or a year. It’s going to take three, four, five, ten, twenty years — a long time.” [6:27]

“As a business owner, your greatest asset is you; it’s your consciousness.” [8:31]

“We have to measure ourselves by our process, by the degree we show up to doing the things we say we’re going to do, instead of the outcome.”  [38:19]

“We get better when we realize that failures are opportunities to learn.” [56:58]



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