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“MY FIVE” – WHAT ARE YOUR FIVE? – GOGI TOOL: FIVE SECOND LIGHTSWITCH

Hello GOGIs!! Streetwise GOGI Tamara here to ask you the question WHAT ARE YOUR FIVE?? Try this activity for GOGI tool FIVE SECOND LIGHTSWITCH: 1. Trouble in my Hand – Please hold out your hand. Imagine a poor choice sitting in your hand, a poor choice that came from an OLD THOUGHT. 2. My Five – Now think of five reasons why you are choosing a new POSITIVE ACTION. Name each reason out loud or to yourself,…

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GOGI MORSEL – BOSS OF MY BRAIN

Hey GOGI World! Streetwise GOGI Tamara here. Check out this GOGI-licous morsel of info I found! Regarding the ‘3 Parts’ of the brain (SMART, EMOTIONAL, OLD HABIT), when studying the GOGI tool BOSS OF MY BRAIN, here is something interesting about the ‘EMOTIONAL PART’: The ’emotional part’ is where you assign meaning and make judgments about things. This is where you decide if something is good or bad based on previous experience and future expectations. Your…

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TOOL: Week of July 16 — FIVE SECOND LIGHT SWITCH

“When I get stressed I just FLIP MY SWITCH” one GOGI student said when he was discussing the GOGI Tool called FIVE SECOND LIGHTSWITCH.  He simply remembered that to FLIP THE SWITCH meant that he would do his choice of POSITIVE ACTIONS within five seconds of a negative thought. What a cool way to redirect your energy from the negative. To simply FLIP THE SWITCH and use a FIVE SECOND LIGHTSWITCH means that regardless of what…

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Tool: Week of July 9 — BELLY BREATHING

BELLY BREATHING was one of the first tools added to the GOGI Tool box.  It was the group of men at FCI Terminal Island in San Pedro who commented that their decisions were more positive when they were breathing fully, with their belly. As simple as “slow down and take a breath” sounds, it is not all that simple in the heat of the moment when emotions are running high. When faced with a situation…

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Tool: Week of July 2 — BOSS OF MY BRAIN

BOSS OF MY BRAIN was the first GOGI Tool created by and for prisoners.  An inmate sitting in a GOGI small group meeting said, “What your telling me is that I am the boss of my brain?”  When one of the group members stated “Only YOU are the boss of your brain,” it really resonated with the man. This concept of being the boss of his own life experience was a new one for him.…

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Tool: Week of June 25 — ULTIMATE FREEDOM

When we explore the tool ULTIMATE FREEDOM we need to ask ourselves a few questions. What am I living for?  Am I living my life for things I want to obtain? Am I living for the opportunity to “make up” for lost time? Or are am I living each day in service of those whose path I cross as my life unfolds?  There are different forms of freedom, but the GOGI Tool ULTIMATE FREEDOM permits…

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Tool: Week of June 18 — REALITY CHECK

To live your life The GOGI Way means that you are using the GOGI Tools to help you create the kind of life you can be proud of living. The thing is, there are times when we mess up, make mistakes, and just plain are ashamed of our choices.  At GOGI we “get” that being human is never a tidy and neat decision to be perfect. We improve, then mess up. We make good choices,…

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