Change the World with POSITIVE ACTIONS

Artwork by Harper Happy Hump Day GOGI's! Our actions are an outward display of how we feel inside. POSITIVE ACTIONS are a result of POSITIVE THOUGHTS and POSITIVE WORDS. My father used to say 'crap in, crap out.' He applied this to the type of music I listened to, the television I watched and the friends I associated with. What you put in your mind and who you allow in your life are manifest in your actions. Choose wisely. They have a bigger impact [...]

By |2019-02-13T06:59:12+00:00February 13th, 2019|Streetwise GOGI, Team GOGI 4 Life!, TOOLS|Comments Off on Change the World with POSITIVE ACTIONS

TOOL: Week of February 11, 2019 — POSITIVE ACTIONS

Image Credit: Art is a gift to GOGI from GOGI student Oxbow Mercier. —This is an excerpt from page 48 of the How To GOGI book. POSITIVE ACTIONS can help define the new version of who you are creating yourself to be. It is not enough to do something positive one time. It is in the repetition that change becomes lasting. Just like a star professional athlete must practice, the habit of change is formed and the new definition of you emerges through repetition. [...]

By |2019-02-11T09:29:14+00:00February 11th, 2019|GOGI's Blog, TOOLS|Comments Off on TOOL: Week of February 11, 2019 — POSITIVE ACTIONS

“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows.”

The GOGI Tool REALITY CHECK is one of my favorites. REALITY CHECK focuses on forward motion. '10 steps forward and two steps back is still 8 steps ahead.' Forward motion. Resilience. Never giving up. I grew up watching all of the Rocky movies with my father. My mother didn't approve but she always ended up watching the end of the movie with us, where Rocky overcame all odds and beat his opponent. Who doesn't love a 'Cinderella story'? :) Rocky's key to winning against an opponent [...]

By |2018-12-20T07:15:44+00:00December 20th, 2018|GOGI's Blog, Streetwise GOGI, Team GOGI 4 Life!, TOOLS|Comments Off on “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows.”

TOOL: Week of December 17, 2018 — REALITY CHECK

REALITY CHECK was added as a GOGI Tool when GOGI students discovered that simply learning the GOGI Tools and practicing them within the safe confines of a jail or prison did not necessarily mean that when they had earned their physical freedom they were perfectly applying their tools for a perfectly reconstructed life on the outside. Actually, it was quite the contrary. Practicing the GOGI tools in a setting of detention or incarceration is very different from putting the tools to use out in the free [...]

By |2018-12-17T00:08:10+00:00December 17th, 2018|GOGI's Blog, TOOLS|Comments Off on TOOL: Week of December 17, 2018 — REALITY CHECK

TOOL: Week of December 10, 2018 — WHAT IF?

In 2008, (was it 2009?) GOGI Girl Teri came up to me with a spark in her eye and a question. "Coach Taylor," she said, "What if I am not my past?" This simple question sparked conversation among the women living in the module at the Los Angeles County Jail called GOGI Campus. Each of the 24 women housed in this small, segregated unit within the 3,000 capacity jail wondered if they would ever be more than the decisions of the past which landed the in [...]

By |2018-12-10T00:41:31+00:00December 10th, 2018|GOGI's Blog, TOOLS|Comments Off on TOOL: Week of December 10, 2018 — WHAT IF?

TOOL: Week of December 3, 2018 — FOR-GIVE

According to the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics a total of 631,939,829 passengers boarded domestic flights in the United States during a one year period.  As passengers take their seats, they are instructed how to fasten their seat belts, to protect them should their be turbulence mid flight. Passengers are also instructed in the fine art of FOR - GIVE, although they are not informed they are being taught a GOGI tool. You see, when reviewing the safety features of any commercial plane, the flight attendant [...]

By |2018-12-03T20:05:23+00:00December 3rd, 2018|GOGI's Blog, TOOLS|Comments Off on TOOL: Week of December 3, 2018 — FOR-GIVE

“It’s Easier Said Than Done.”

I recently had someone say that to me, "It's easier said than done", when I posted about the GOGI tool LET GO on my Facebook page. The GOGI Tool LET GO may prove to be difficult for some when it comes to big things from our past or even our present. Trauma, abuse, guilt, regret, etc. We might think some things are beyond 'Hand/Squash/Toss'. Let's look at it a different way. Let's look at LET GO in two stages. We discussed in our PowerUp! group conference [...]

By |2018-11-29T16:46:08+00:00November 29th, 2018|GOGI's Blog, Streetwise GOGI, Team GOGI 4 Life!, TOOLS, Video|Comments Off on “It’s Easier Said Than Done.”

TOOL: Week of November 19, 2018 — CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY

The GOGI Tool CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY is different than the act of claiming responsibility. The act of claiming responsibility is most often used for coming to terms with actions of the past, like claiming responsibility for a past deed, or an action that may have caused harm to others. Claiming responsibility for the impact our actions have on the world around us is an element of insight development. As a tool, CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY has very little to do with the past. CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY is actually about our [...]

By |2018-11-19T00:33:21+00:00November 19th, 2018|GOGI's Blog, TOOLS|Comments Off on TOOL: Week of November 19, 2018 — CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY

TOOL: Week of November 12, 2018 — POSITIVE ACTIONS

POSITIVE ACTIONS was added to the GOGI Toolbox during the two year period when the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department permitted the first ever GOGI Campus. In this 24 bed jail housing module, which was also as the former housing unit for movie actor Robert Downey Jr. and Paris Hilton (not housed there at the same time, obviously), the GOGI Campus was home to a total of 350 women who came into and left out of the housing as their court cases dictated. At GOGI Campus [...]

By |2018-11-12T10:07:07+00:00November 12th, 2018|GOGI's Blog, TOOLS|Comments Off on TOOL: Week of November 12, 2018 — POSITIVE ACTIONS