Choosing to live (and think) differently

Some of you may have noticed a lot of changes taking place at Haulix over the past seven months. Since the beginning of 2017 our team has carefully combed through every page of our platform, both public and private, in hopes of finding ways to improve our system without seeking outside help. Haulix was the brainchild of one person, and since launch we have taken great pride in the fact we’ve developed (almost) everything on our own. What users see is what we saw long before coding began, and there is something really special about that.

We tried to change everything all at once in 2016 and literally broke out website. As an online company, this means we literally broke our business. It was the first time we ever tried such a change, and instead of approaching our goals at a reasonable pace we tried to do everything all at once. It was a disastrous decision.

This year, we used a similar approach to development as we did with our research. We are going through every page, one at a time, making updates big and small as we find them. Instead of rolling everything out all at once we are rolling updates out as they are completed. We started with our homepage, arguably the easiest of them all, and we have built from there.

The same approach we took to development can easily be applied to any area of life. Your next big life change begins with a single decision to change. It’s not about doing everything all at once, but committing to life tomorrow differently than you did today.

Let’s use a universal example:

If you want to get into the habit of jogging you cannot expect to complete a three mile course on your first day out. It would be great if you could, but it’s not likely. No one says you have to run any further than you can right now if you’re just starting out, yet as humans we tend to set goals for ourselves that do not always align with reality. When we try to do something for the first time and our expectations for ourselves are not met we tend to not try again because we tell ourselves we’re not good enough.

Of course you’re not good. You haven’t done this thing before, so why would you be proficient at it?

Your only expectations going into anything new is to do your best, whatever that may be, and to be happy with that. As long as you’re working on your skills you are finding success, in some small way, any time you do work.

Don’t push yourself too hard. You can – and will – break.

Choose to live differently and stick to it. That is enough.

James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the Director of Customer Engagement at Haulix and host of the company's podcast, Inside Music. He is also a public speaker known for promoting careers in the entertainment industry, as well as an entertainment journalist with over a decade of experience. His bylines include Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Substream Magazine, Nu Sound, and Under The Gun Review, among other popular outlets.