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TOOL: Week of August 13, 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…

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Victim or Solution?

 Greetings GOGI Nation!  Streetwise GOGI here to ask you a question: “Do you view yourself as a victim or part of the solution?”  If you are using POSITIVE WORDS, you are part of the solution! Why? Because when you use POSITIVE WORDS in the face of negative situations, you have an uncommon control over the outcome. You no longer need to be the victim of circumstance. You can create the outcome you desire with POSITIVE WORDS. You…

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TOOL: Week of August 6, 2018 — POSITIVE WORDS

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…

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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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