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Don’t Give Up.

Belief Is A Mindset

When I was a lad growing up in Eccles, I remember watching a new film that had recently come out.

 I hadn’t really heard much about it, see there was obviously no social media back then to tell you all about it, and although I didn’t read the newspaper, I’m not sure how much of a write up ‘ The Advertiser’ did or even if it had actually been out at the local Princess Cinema, the pictures.

Anyhow, I remember sitting down for a treat night with my older brother Steve and my Grandad Tom. 

As I watched, I remember it clear as day, the music started, we all know the theme, the title crawled across the screen, the painted image of the Lord appeared and the small crowd could be heard jeering as the camera panned down and two blokes were in a ring boxing…… I was hooked, I was completely taken in, what was this film? Who was this bloke? Yep, it was ROCKY………

I cried a lot during that film, and all the hundreds of times I’ve seen it since. 

Here was a bloke, just an ordinary lad, not much going on, just getting through life. It was gritty, honest and relatable but above all it was INSPIRING. 

My best mate Brian Gardner , who I used to spar with in his back garden 🙄 was so inspired by it that he nows runs his own fantastic boxing club in Eccles and trains pro boxers.

It was so appealing for so many lads growing up in a working class environment, whatever life throws at you, work hard, never give up, and BELIEVE. 

Rocky considered himself a bum, and that mindset made him act like a bum, worst of all he blames the world for his life. Luckily he has a coach called Mickey, I loved Mickey. 

Mickey makes it clear that it’s Rocky’s fault because he could have been a good fighter but didn’t put the work in!!!!!! 

Then he gets the biggest opportunity in the world……a shot at the World Heavyweight Title!

Then we got the music, the training, running through the market catching the fruit, eating raw eggs, trying to catch the chicken, running up the stairs, each time getting faster, fitter, stronger and more and more focused and determined. 

You could see the doubt being replaced with self confidence, he was beginning to BELIEVE that he was worthy. 

“Ah come on, Adrian, it’s true. I was nobody. But that don’t matter either, you know? ‘Cause I was thinkin’, 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, you see, and that bell rings and I’m still standin’, I’m gonna know for the first time in my life, see, that I weren’t just another bum from the neighborhood.” – Rocky.

As kids we were jumping up and down, shadow boxing, running on the spot, cheering him on, we were running with him, we were there, we also believed that anything was possible. 

Then came the fight, Apollo Creed booooooo! 

What a fight… I hadn’t seen anything like this, I couldn’t believe what I was watching. I still get goose bumps thinking of this scene, I’m getting them now just writing this, it was nail biting, I was cheering, I was crying, it was an emotional roller coaster and it went the full 15 rounds……. what? A split decision? He’s going to do it……and…… Apollo wins…. 

Now that might sound like a bit of a let down but it was far from it, it was beautiful…..he had heart, passion, desire, and he never gave up. 

Maybe as a thin kid growing up around bigger tougher kids, that’s what made me so cocky, and annoying, the feeling that no matter what life throws up, there’s a way of overcoming. 

With the right attitude, belief and Mindset, you can achieve! 

Rocky didn’t take the loss as a defeat, it spurred him on, at first if you don’t succeed try and try again….. 

He also had Mickey by his side. 

Never underestimate the work of a good coach 😉

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