S2/Ep31: Gary Buckmann, Broken to Brilliant: Overcome Obstacles to Create Opportunities & Achieve the Impossible
Speaker, Executive Coach and Author
Broken to Brilliant: Overcome Obstacles to Create Opportunities & Achieve the Impossible
Share your story! It was his sophomore year in college and he was a gymnast. He just turned 20 years old. He was on the vault and took off on the wrong foot. He landed on his head. It knocked him out and when he woke up his neck was broken and he couldn’t feel anything from his neck down. The pain was so intense. It was a compression fracture. He had no use of his arms. HIs trainer came and asked him if he could get up. Gary got up and he cried and it hurt. He walked out of the gym and went to the doctors. He took x rays. He went to move his left leg and he couldn’t feel it. He can’t feel his leg? They did tests and called an ambulance he was worried that he would never recover just like his grandma that had a stroke.
He was rushed in, they cut his clothes off. They put him in traction. They gave him pain medication. It was nighttime and he was on his own. It was a weird pain. His nervous system short circuited. He slept and woke up in the night because the pain woke him up. He was alone. The inner chatter in his mind went crazy. He had no family around due to being in college in Chico. His teammates were there for him. It made all the difference in the world.
How did the next steps unfold. What did the doctors say?
His roommate next door named Early. He was an Angel Earl. He began talking to him. He is a God send! He was the grandfather he never had. In his upbringing his mother was a tough Iowa farm girl that instilled in him that dynamite comes in small packages. Four weeks into his stay, nothing changed. He was being fed and cannot move. His doctor painted a bad picture and told him he was going to be paralyzed. Gary said, that is not my plan doc. He couldn’t hear anything else. He wanted to be alone. Being an athlete and his upbringing he never gives up. He had a 24 hour pity party to process it all. Something inside said, You can heal yourself. You can do this. He decided he was going to heal himself. He had no idea how. Once you make a decision it is POWER. The universe starts lining things up for you. Incredible at age 20 to have that mindset. He got it from his Mom! She didn’t take nonsense but in a nice way! When Gary was a kid, he had a nice house but had to work for it. He wanted a Unicycle when he was a kid. He got a lot of no’s. He figured out ways to get what he wants. He couldn’t afford one so he made one! Then he taught himself how to ride it. He learned how to overcome things. He declared it to himself, not to the doctor’s face.
He used visualization. Just like he used to do with his routines. He visualized being in the gym, going back to school, going to games. He saw the nerve impulses going from his brain back to his nerves. Two weeks after he got the news. He could move his toes. His teammate came in and he showed him! He was up walking in a week! Earl was in there for a hip replacement and he couldn’t walk either. One day, he said I am going to walk with you. The doctor let him go home. He lived in a team house and he went home and they were his nurse maids.
How do you get the visions? Do you create it in your mind? How often did you do this? He was doing it all day long. He would close his eyes and envision all the things that he used to do and had pictures of what he did before. So he had pictures. Close your eyes. Can you see an apple? What color is it? What does it take like? Everyone has the capacity to do this! Details are important when you do this.
This is a skill.
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Why does this work? Thoughts and beliefs become truths. He remembered emotionally what it felt like. Put the emotions along with the visions. It will become a reality.
Were you ever 100% again? His teammates had a 20 something mentality which was the best medicine. They made him laugh and at the same time, they gave him tough love. We are here together. Get back on the path! Without that support, he would have never made it back. They are still friends today. If it wasn’t inside of you, it wouldn’t have happened anyways. His roommate responded to this as Gary gave his power away. We all have a choice whether to be positive or negative. We have a 50/50 choice. Everyone can develop it. The mind is a great equalizer. We all have one. We need to use it in the right way! The way that it best serves you! Awareness is the key ingredient that can change an outcome. How do we take off on the wrong foot and don’t know it? It is about our daily programming and our past.
His mother didn’t like the education system and he believed that he was not a good writer. He grew up with that thinking and now he is the author of a book! We are paralyzed from old programming.
How long did this take? Feb was the injury. For 7 months his arms were paralyzed. He was in pain. His back muscles wouldn’t relax. He woke up in no pain one day! He didn’t want to get hooked on the pain pills. He had stopped going to the doctor because he was so negative. He stopped for 3 months. He was furious. He wanted to take x-rays. He comes back in and says he needs an operation immediately. His vertebrae had slipped back and he had a bone spur and he says that your vertebra is hanging onto 1 mm. Someone could slap him and he could become a paraplegic. They did an operation and did an operation on the 6th and 7th vertebrae. His arms were still not working. He started walking for his recovery. He had another pain to get rid of. He was in the hospital for a week. He has a neck brace on, it is hot, he is atrophied and he is limping and he looked like an escapee from a camp. Cars stopped to help him and he said no thank you. Two months later, he could feel his arms. He was back! For the next 18 months he got back into gymnastics. His motivation was his independence. He came back stronger. In 1975 he had his best year EVER in gymnastics.
Let’s talk about fear. You are faced with an environment which got you here. Did you feel fear? No, he was driven. He wanted to finish his career. He wanted to get to Nationals. One day in practice, his coach was challenging him and he told one of his teammates that he was going to throw the vault. He did it practice and the coach threw him out. He did it for himself. Ego got the best of him. After that day, he was fine.
Let’s ask you about Awareness. Did you have heightened awareness? He had to get his airspace awareness so he could make good adjustments midair. And good ones that will help us.
Get back to basics if you are achieving anything in your life. It is repetition. Basics are boring, a pain and they allow you to take it to the next level. If you want to get to a skill, relive the basics. What does it do for our brain? How does that work? It allows you to be able to connect all of the dots to lead you to your goal. It allows you to be repeatable. The awareness allows you to be able to compensate, move to the next level to accomplish whatever it is you want in your life.
What happens in our minds? It develops an eye for detail. It starts connecting. Elite people take it to the next level. We can make the connection of things and repetition enables us to see what connects us to this or that! You can apply this to a business plan.
It is a daily practice. Your story is amazing!
Gary authored a book. He is speaking and inspiring people. He wants to help women get into their worth with his wife.
He is turning 70 and he wants to coach people his age to create a world with highly evolved beings! Let’s influence the grandchildren or our friends we grew up with.
Anything is possible when you have the right mindset! Trust it and go with it!!