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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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GOGI Crossword Puzzle Time!!!

Hey there GOGI Guys and Gals! Streetwise GOGI Tamara here with a GOGI crossword puzzle. Can YOU find all of the GOGI Tools? Click the link below the puzzle to download a pdf copy.  Tools of GOGI – Crossword Puzzle GOGI Tools Crossword Puzzle – CLICK HERE P.S. – Please come visit us at the Team GOGI 4 Life! Facebook group to get your GOGI on and learn how YOU can help us bring the…

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TOOL: Week of August 20, 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…

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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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