“Paradigms are very powerful because they create the lens through which we see the world. The power of a paradigm shift is the essential power of quantum change whether that shift is an instantaneous or slow and deliberate process.”
Are you a runner? When did you decide you were a runner? Or when did you realize you were a runner? For me, it took me a very long time to feel comfortable with the identity of a runner. Yes, I had completed 5k, 10k, Half, and even a Marathon, but for the identity of a runner, I did not adopt it for quite some time. Was it the pace? Was it the form? Was it the type of event? There were not huge events of thousands of runners. Was it the shape I was in? I do not really know what exactly triggered for me to identify myself as a runner.
What I can say is that there was a transition in which I saw myself as a runner. When the habit of heading out became the norm. When I was please with what I was doing. (That does not mean it looked pretty.)
Yes if you run, you are a runner but when it becomes part of your life then it becomes part of your identity.