Inner Growth Word of The Day 86 – Hold on

March 27

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Hold on


Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (v.) 1 a. to maintain a condition or position.  1 b. to maintain a grasp on something.


Hold on in a sentence: People hold on to things as long as they do not wish to let go, it is a choice that can change at any time.


Hold on in action: Keeping a condition exactly the same throughout time is to hold on to that condition; but wanting to keep that condition exactly the same when changes are on the horizon is also to hold on to.


Hold on and inner growth: When you hold on to something or someone, especially if transformation is taking place, there is a lot that you learn about yourself (like things you don’t want to let go of, why you want to keep them the way they are, what this wanting to keep or not let go of means when it comes to fears or challenges, etc.).  Through the learning process inner growth happens as you release what you want to hold on to when the circumstances around you show you a different direction or outcome.


Hold on and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What does it mean to me to hold on to something or someone? How has holding on affected my life?  Why do I hold on to things, people or situations?  What actions do I take when I want to hold on to something or someone?  How do I feel when holding on isn’t an option anymore?  What have I done when I couldn’t hold on to something anymore?  What have I learned from holding on?


  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with hold on at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated with it. Pick five words and list next to each of them one thing you hold on to and one thing you used to hold on to.  From those five words expand on at least one of them and write out what happened, as well as what you learned about yourself through that experience and ‘hold on’ exploration.


  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings when you hold on allowing the very first feeling to be the one to express itself. If other feelings start coming into the mix, refocus your attention on the one initial feeling.  Do this for a couple minutes or until you really feel that first feeling.  Once you’re ready, explore another one of the feelings that was coming by as you started thinking about holding on.  Do this for as long as you want and when you’re ready to let your thoughts come into the mix too, to see what feelings those ‘hold on’ situations bring about, you can do that and see where it takes you.


Your turn – Share your hold on sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂


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