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TOOL: Week of October 15, 2018 — FIVE SECOND LIGHTSWITCH

Your key is to FLIP THE SWITCH and claim your right to be in command of your mind’s and your body’s activities. It can be YOUR choice to make a weak or a strong decision when you put to use your FIVE SECOND LIGHTSWITCH.

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Am I Strong Enough?

My GOGI Peeps, how are you today? Streetwise GOGI Tamara here to drop a little reality on you. This past Saturday, I attended a women’s empowerment event, as a GOGI/TG4L! Rep, and was asked to speak about GOGI. The subject matter at this event focused on abuse of all kinds within our prisons, communities and families.  I met some amazingly strong and resilient women. The subject matter hit very close to home for me, as…

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TOOL: Week of October 8, 2018 — BELLY BREATHING

BELLY BREATHING is one of those tools that frequently creates the illusion of GOGI being too simple to actually work at changing anything in a persons life.  But it is often the most simple adjustments we make in our lives which generates the most profound momentum in our desired direction. When we truly master BELLY BREATHING there is no decision beyond our awareness, each of our decisions become consciously created and the inherent ownership we…

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TOOL: Week of October 1, 2018 — BOSS OF MY BRAIN

It was sitting on the tile floor of the chapel at FCI Terminal Island in San Pedro, California where the first GOGI student uttered the words BOSS OF MY BRAIN. Actually, what he said was something like, “You mean you are telling me that I am the boss of my brain?” This concept struck a cord with him, as if it was a new concept that he was able to maintain control of the activities…

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Warning!! GOGI Is Contagious!

My GOGI Peeps!  ‘Streetwise GOGI’ Tamara here to get my GOGI on and run my jibs for a minute or two! I am constantly amazed at the quality of people I encounter through GOGI. Dedicated, giving, kind people. GOGI Students, Leaders and Coaches inside the prison walls are not like everyone else; not like anyone else. They are happy and at peace. TRULY happy and at peace. The kind of happiness and peace that makes…

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TOOL: Week of September 24, 2018 — ULTIMATE FREEDOM

As the GOGI Toolbox became a complete set of tools, the question that eventually emerged was “why?” Why make positive decisions? Why overcome addictions? Why grow past gang mentality? In nearly every GOGI student’s journey there becomes something that tugs strongly at the heart and occupies the thoughts. Invariably, as GOGI student begin to gain insight into their abilities to create a better life and build competencies in the use of the GOGI Tools there…

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TOOL: Week of September 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…

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The GOGI – Living a Life of Service to Others

Hey there GOGI Nation! Streetwise GOGI Tamara here.  We all know ‘the GOGI gets its power by Living a Life of Service to Others’, right? But are you ever hesitant to share GOGI tools with friends or family? Are you uncertain of how to do it? Well, I’m here to tell you to take a GOGI Chill Pill and just let the GOGI Flow Go, Man! Tool Talkin’ with friends, family and even co-workers doesn’t…

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TOOL: Week of September 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…

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TOOL: Week of August 27, 2018 — LET GO

The GOGI Tool LET GO gives anyone the power to move beyond the past, and even helps them move gracefully away from heated situations in the present. Surprisingly, LET GO even works for the emotions attached to future expectations. How can one GOGI tool be such a handy helper for past, present, and future? For the answer, let’s look at the KEY WORDS for this tool. The key words for LET GO are: HAND/SQUASH/TOSS. HAND/SQUASH/TOSS…

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