Tool for the Week of March 18, 2019 — REALITY CHECK

Image Credit: Art is a gift to GOGI from GOGI student Harper. This is an excerpt from page 58 of the How To GOGI book. REALITY CHECK is a tool for you to use when you backslide, make a mistake, fall off, do something stupid, or are tempted to toss in the towel and live in shame for not being perfect. With the tool REALITY CHECK you understand you are not perfect. You never will be perfect. And if perfection is something you attempt [...]

By |2019-03-18T00:41:19-07:00March 18th, 2019|GOGI's Blog, TOOLS|Comments Off on Tool for the Week of March 18, 2019 — REALITY CHECK

Tool for the Week of March 11, 2019 — WHAT IF

Art is a gift to GOGI from GOGI student Harper. This is an excerpt from page 56 of the How To GOGI book. The cool thing about WHAT IF is that it permits you to predict the likely future outcome of today’s actions. If you witness someone walking into the chapel each day, the eventual outcome will likely be someone with a more religious attitude. If you witness someone pulling out a cigarette each day, the eventual outcome will be someone who hangs out [...]

By |2019-03-10T23:09:31-07:00March 11th, 2019|GOGI's Blog, TOOLS|Comments Off on Tool for the Week of March 11, 2019 — WHAT IF

Tool for the Week of March 4, 2019 — FOR-GIVE

Image Credit: Art is a gift to GOGI from GOGI student Noel GALLEGOS. This is an excerpt from page 54 of the How To GOGI book. Forgive is a word used frequently and asked for even more frequently. FOR–GIVE as a GOGI Tool is very different from the word forgive. FOR–GIVE as a tool requires action on your part and has little to do with engaging in conversation or processing with another. Don’t misunderstand, at GOGI we know that forgiving is important, and to [...]

By |2019-03-03T20:29:02-07:00March 4th, 2019|GOGI's Blog, TOOLS|Comments Off on Tool for the Week of March 4, 2019 — FOR-GIVE

Tool for the Week of February 25, 2019 — LET GO

This is an excerpt from page 46 of the How To GOGI book. Practice is the only way we can perfect a skill. LET GO is a tool, but use of the tool can become a skill. This tool, however, can be painful for some. That is why we keep it simple. We do not want you to try to LET GO of the big stuff too soon. After all, it is the big stuff which may have defined you for a very long time. It [...]

By |2019-02-25T01:31:41-07:00February 25th, 2019|GOGI's Blog, TOOLS|Comments Off on Tool for the Week of February 25, 2019 — LET GO

Tool for the Week of February 18, 2019 — CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY

Image Credit: Art is a gift to GOGI from GOGI student Woody. —This is an excerpt from page 50 of the How To GOGI book. You can claim responsibility for your deeds of the past. You can claim responsibility for your actions. That is different than using CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY as a GOGI Tool. This is because at GOGI we are less concerned about the past and more concerned about your ability to make better choices. We find that as a GOGI Tool, CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY [...]

By |2019-02-18T08:37:55-07:00February 18th, 2019|GOGI's Blog, TOOLS|Comments Off on Tool for the Week of February 18, 2019 — CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY

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 |2019-02-11T09:29:14-07:00February 11th, 2019|GOGI's Blog, TOOLS|Comments Off on TOOL: Week of February 11, 2019 — POSITIVE ACTIONS

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 |2018-12-17T00:08:10-07:00December 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 |2018-12-10T00:41:31-07:00December 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 |2018-12-03T20:05:23-07:00December 3rd, 2018|GOGI's Blog, TOOLS|Comments Off on TOOL: Week of December 3, 2018 — FOR-GIVE