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142: The Pros and Cons of Labeling Ourselves as Runners

Uncategorized May 28, 2020


Personal statements that begin with “I am” carry power and strength.  They define us and lead our actions.  They are our label, often empowering, but sometimes limiting.  We also put labels on the world around us.  We group people together as though they are the same person.  We put simple labels onto situations and the people around us to make life easier.  While this is often done subconsciously, and rarely for a malevolent reason, labels can be incredibly detrimental.  Other people can feel confined or burdened by the label.  On this episode, we cover the two sides to the power of labels. 

Highlights of the episode:

The pros of labeling. 2:27

I am a real life runner. 4:22

Understanding that your identity as a real life runner is different from someone else's. 9:21

The cons of labeling. 13:18

What happens when you stop limiting yourself. 16:47

Looking at the whole picture beyond the label. 24:55

RLR Challenge: Relabel yourself. #iamarealliferunner 26:40

Labels applied to us by other people. 28:15

Giving yourself a new identity. 40:28

Unconsciously giving random people the chance to label you — how long are you going to allow this? 42:23

Re-evaluating the personal labels that you put on yourself. 44:04


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