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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Image Credit: Art is a gift to GOGI from GOGI student KEITH ERICKSON On a recent site visit to Salinas Valley State Prison in California a GOGI student stated that his favorite tool was POSITIVE WORDS. He told us a story about his youth. He was subjected to a lot of negative comments. He was told he was stupid, no good, a problem, unwanted. He was told he was destined for prison and that he would never change. This experience for him gave him [...]
Part of THE THREE P's, POSITIVE THOUGHTS belongs to the Section of Tools called TOOLS OF CHOICE. In this Section of Tools, POSITIVE THOUGHTS, POSITIVE WORDS and POSITIVE ACTIONS enables the GOGI student to create possibilities where some people say there are none. While the three tools in this section are linked, it is through POSITIVE THOUGHTS that the creation of your life becomes very interesting. POSITIVE THOUGHTS creates space in your mind for possibilities you might not otherwise consider if you are simply focused on [...]
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.
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 have in the decisions is inevitable. When this tool was added [...]
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 going on between his two ears.