A couple of days ago I participated at a meeting with other artists. The discussion navigated toward the topic of buying/ selling art when someone said:
“The reality is: only 4% of Canadian population buy original art.”
“That’s not the reality“, I replied, “that’s a statistic!”
I didn’t get into more details there, but what I’d like to point out here is how easy we create beliefs that are limiting us (without even becoming aware of this process!).
Statistics are based on data collected from a sample (statistical population) by a defined procedure. While they could give an idea of what’s going on, doesn’t mean they reflect accurately the reality!
1. If she really beliefs that’s the reality, she might get discouraged. That will diminish her willingness to take the right actions that could help her sell HER art! And guess what happens?! She won’t sell. Not because of the reality, but because of not doing (or not doing with enough enthusiasm) what she needs to do to sell her art!
2. Assuming that statistics reflect accurately 99.9% the reality, it was only the reality at that specific moment. How can she be sure that her art doesn’t fall into the category of the 4%, if she’s not trying to see what really is out there?
How can someone be so sure that his/her statement reflects accurately what’s happening in the world? There’s so much going on outside our perception!!!
Next time when you say “The reality is …”, check if you’re not kidding yourself! 🙂
(thus limiting your progress!)