Inner Growth Word of The Day 204 – Stifle

July 23

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Stifle


Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (v.) 2 a. to cut off (the voice, the breath, etc.).  2 b. to withhold from circulation or expression stifled our anger.  2 c. deter, discourage,


Stifle in a sentence: When someone or something is stifled, it stops them from moving forward.


Stifle in action: Discouraging or stopping someone from saying or doing something is to stifle.


Stifle and inner growth: Those instances where you, someone or something stifled your inner growth or is actively stifling you from pursuing something are instances worth exploring so that you can remove those blocks, those deterrents, from your life.  This process allows you to remove personal blocks that cause you to stifle yourself from saying or doing something and if it’s a situation or person who is stopping you from moving forward you can actively decide what you want to do about it.  In both instances inner growth takes place as you become fully aware of that which is stifling you and then decide how you are going to manage it so that you may move forward.


Stifle and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What doe it mean to me to stifle? How has being stifled taken place in my life?  What are some of my biggest takeaways from moments where someone or something was stifling me?  When did I first think about the things that stifle my personal growth?  Why is it important to me to remove situations where I feel stifled?


  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with stifle at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. From this list think of one situation where you were stifled from saying or doing something.  Write about this situation using the words from your list and notice what stands out the most of this specific incident.


  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about stifle and allow those emotions to freely flow. Notice where they stem from and where they go first.  Then if you notice your feelings sitting in specific areas of your body, visualize them moving along and try to bring your emotions to a rhythmic flow that evenly distributes across your entire being.  When you’re ready write down the first three words that come to mind associated to the feelings that stood out the most.


Your turn – Share your stifle 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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