“Who am I kiddin’ [believing I can beat the champ]? I ain’t even in the guy’s league… It don’t matter, ’cause I was nobody before… I was nobody. That don’t matter either, ya know… It really don’t matter if I lose this fight. It really don’t matter if this guy opens my head, either. ‘Cause all I wanna do is go the distance. Nobody’s ever gone the distance with Creed. And if I can go that distance, ya see, and that bell rings, ya know, and I’m still standin’, I’m gonna know for the first time in my life, ya see, that I weren’t just another bum from the neighborhood. […]
When Rocky says, ‘Cause all I wanna do is go the distance,’ he has switched from Story ‘A’ to Story ‘B.’ This is monumental. It is his true victory, hours before the fight itself. Because he has moved from delusion to reality. […]
I’ve been asking myself lately, What Story “A” am I believing about myself right now? Is there a Story “B” lurking somewhere? If so, what is it?”
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