Welcome to the last episode of the year! Today I bring a topic I believe can give you some food for thought as the number game is something that affect us in everyday life and we can get advantage of specially if you are a content creator or thinking about it.
The idea of the number game is not original of course, but it is an idea that occurred to me when I was talking with a friend and sharing about the podcast. I told him that I had 14 episodes recorded and he was really impressed by the number. Even admiring my work without checking it out… So I started to think on the effect a number can have in different things.
It is not quite the same to say that I am doing a podcast and I have several episodes than putting an specific number in front of it. It somehow shows the amount of work you have putted into a project.
The same happens to me when I see other content creators like podcasters and I see a number in front of the episodes… 1, 10, 50, 1000… Putting a number in front of things has a lot of advantages!
What is the number game?
Imagine 2 persons who have a podcast. Person A has 10 episodes and person B has 100 episodes. Just because one has more episodes than the other it does not necessarily mean that one podcast its better than the other. The only thing it means is that one person has more experience than the other and perhaps in consequence it may be better.
The point is that numbers help to have a preconceived image of something that we may not know of. An ability that is really important in the evolution of the brain but we can talk about this in another episode.
In essence, what I call the number game is to put numbers in front of anything and see how it feels or how it can affect inner and outer perception.
The numbers on the outside
Personally before I watch a movie or read a new book, I go to different review sites to check their ‘numbers’. How many reviews, how many starts, how many comments… and then I make a decision of whether it is worth my time to watch or read that book.
And this happens to many other situations in life… Like when going to a new city searching for an apartment or a restaurant, or buying something online. We are in constant influence by the numbers things have even though we have not really tried that product. Like it happened with the podcast. In a way we are guided by the numbers and then we make the ‘informed’ decision of investing into something.
How to take advantage of the numbers?
Playing with the numbers in daily life can also bring great advantages. In fact you could put a number in front of anything and see how it feels… How many times you do exercise in a week? Meditation? How many projects did you finish this month? How many books? How many episodes? How many articles?
The only number you can control is the number of things you do
I can control how many episodes I create, but I can’t control how many views, likes, comments, shares or reviews they will have. And it goes the same for many other parts of life. I can control how many times I can exercise in a week but I can’t control how I will perform each time I exercise (time, weight, repetitions…)
A little neuroscience behind numbers
Using numbers are a way of increasing dopamine. If you don’t remember about dopamine you can go back to the episode where I give an introduction to the neurochemicals of the brain. It is in fact easy to generate dopamine with numbers and I can give you my personal experience with this podcast.
At the time I recorded this episode I thought back to the first episode or the 10th. Because I haven’t recorded in a while I was feeling very lazy and demotivated, but when I looked back at how I felt the first or 10th time I recorded I felt much better because of all the work I’ve putted behind this project and it made me want to keep moving forward. To put down one more episode.
To go further, I even believe that the number game also boosts serotonin because looking back at the beginning makes me really happy to have come this far even if it is not so far. Especially cause I’ve been thinking about doing a podcast for 3 years and only now I’ve been able to create some episodes after such a long time.
And the same goes for coaching sessions. I say that I’ve done around 60 sessions and that already shows an experience and reputation even if you have not yet done a coaching session with me.
If you also think about serotonin as reputation, like I heard in a neuroscience book and hopefully one day we can talk about this idea. Then having numbers in front of things may increase the reputation of which people perceive something. 10 episodes, 100… 5 seasons on tv… 10000 book sales… and so on.
This technique that I apply into the podcast and other aspects of my life you can use it for anything in yours. So if it inspires you I totally encourage you to give it a try and see how you could apply it into your daily life. How many times have you meditated in the last month? and how many times did you do exercise this week?
Whatever you’re doing with your life or whatever habit you want to create, you can take advantage of the number game and all its benefits. Just put one more number down and keep track of it.
So that’s it for today! Thank you so much for being there one more time. I must share with you that for some reason the episode got cut off a bit at the end but I hope you don’t mind. Remember that you can support me in many ways so that I can keep going with the show.
One more time, thank you so much for listening to the episode, and I hope to see you on the next one! And happy new years 🙂