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Gary Buckmann, a highly successful business owner ran one of the top gymnastics schools in the United States. The school was started in 1966 and has been going strong for over 50 years and is still successful today. Gary employed 30 people on his staff and had 1200 students come thru his school every week. He had a waiting list of over 200...

Gary Buckmann, a highly successful business owner ran one of the top gymnastics schools in the United States. The school was started in 1966 and has been going strong for over 50 years and is still successful today. Gary employed 30 people on his staff and had 1200 students come thru his school every week. He had a waiting list of over 200 students waiting to enroll for over 15 years.

The success of his business enabled his students to capture the title of State Champions 10 years in a row. His school was crowned Regional and National Champions multiple times.

Gary was asked to speak to other up and coming businesses, at conferences and symposiums worldwide. He ran his business while traveling the world as a USA National Team Coach.

Gary has been motivating, inspiring and training men and women elite athletes for over 25 years. His unique ability to inspire both men and women led them to overcome obstacles, encourage new ways of thinking and achieve national and international championship levels of success.

While in college Gary went from a top level athlete to lying in a hospital bed paralyzed. By breaking through barriers, removing limiting beliefs and perseverance he went on to achieve a complete recovery.

Gary now speaks to young adults and businesses alike to achieve high levels of performance and championship success.

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Gaining a New Perspective

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My transformational awareness journey began at age twenty when I broke my neck in gymnastics, was paralyzed and told I wasn’t going to recover. Completely recovering from my accident caused me to look at my life from a whole new perspective. Writing my book “Broken To Brilliant” allowed me to connect the dots (experiences) to develop a new perspective on why my life unfolded the way it did. More importantly, it exposed the truth of what really happened, versus the stories I told myself to make sense of my life. The things our minds make up to make us feel safe. All of our experiences and life stories have shaped us. How we interpret and give meaning to those stories forms the beliefs of who we think we are and what we’re capable of. Having an awareness of our stories is the first step in creating change in our lives.

Often, we believe that things in life, like this horrendous accident of mine, happen to us. I now believe life happens for us.

If you could gain a new awareness, a new perspective of your experiences and begin to uncover the potential gift in each one of them, how would your life be different? Having a new perspective could give you a whole new outlook on your life and a better understanding that ‘everything happens for a reason’.

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How A Little Decision To Face A Fear Changed My Life Forever

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It‘s really funny how our lives can be changed dramatically with a so-called insignificant event. My life changed completely from a decision to go snow skiing.

No, I didn’t have an accident or a near death experience. I just learned how to snow ski at age 43. Now, I know that does not sound very exciting or like a life changing experience, but it was. That one so-called little decision changed me emotionally, psychologically, mentally and spiritually. That one little decision although not an easy one for me to make, set off a chain of events that has led me here with you today, writing this article.

When I was a freshman in college my girlfriend and some of our friends took me on a snow skiing trip to Tahoe California. They set out intending to teach me how to ski. I had never been skiing before. I was a competitive gymnast and my gymnastics coaches forbid me to do any extracurricular activities that could put my competitions at risk.

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The Incredible Power Of A Decision: The Devastating News

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After four weeks of lying flat on my back in traction with a broken neck, no mobility or feeling in both my arms and one of my legs, I got a visit from the ‘expert doctors’.

At 20 years old I was told that I wasn’t responding to any of the treatments and I was going to be paralyzed for the rest of my life.

The rest of my life!” rang in my head over and over and over. With a tsunami twirling in my stomach, my heart pounding out of my chest I immediately blurted out; “I don’t think so doc, that’s not my plan!”

I don’t remember much after that because my inner chatter went ballistic, overflowing with worst case scenarios. My mind had dropped a movie screen right down in front of me so I could watch the story of my life as a quadriplegic.

As I watched in horror, I saw my mom spoon feeding me, brushing my teeth, shaving my face, combing my hair, wiping my butt and dressing me. Being chauffeured everywhere I needed to go, never to ride a bike, a motorcycle or drive my car again. Thinking if I was lucky enough to have a wife, I would never be able to wrap my arms around her or be able to hold our baby in my arms.

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