Inner Growth Word of the Day: External input
Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition external: (adj.) 2 a. of, relating to, or connected with the outside or an outer part. 3 a1. situated outside, apart, or beyond.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition input: (n.) 1 e. advice, opinion, comment.
Combine the definitions together and you get: advice, opinion, or comment from the outside world (this can include: people, family, society, cultural norms, teachers, and so on).
External input in a sentence: External input is something everyone receives and gives as the world and people are connected and work together to create collaboration and coexistence.
External input in action: When someone or something gives advice or provides thoughts/comments on a decision or route you are taking, that is an external input.
External input and inner growth: You receive external inputs since the day you are born and can become aware of what they are as you start exploring them due to a disconnect or situation that brings your attention towards them. This exploration brings about inner growth because it allows you to remove those external inputs from your day to day (not allowing them to influence or affect you or your decisions) if they don’t resonate with you; or if they do resonate with you, they then can become internal inputs.
External input and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: When I hear external input what’s the first thing or person that comes to mind? What is an external input to me? How do external inputs affect me? When did I start noticing external inputs? How have external inputs played a role in my life? In what ways do external inputs affect my relationships?
- List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with external input at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. Now pick the one word that stands out the most from the list. Whatever external input this word brings to mind, write about and how this external input has affected you and your life. Use the other words from your first list to write about this.
- Bring your awareness to your feelings about an important external input from when you were a child. Allow those feelings to speak to you as they flow throughout your body. Notice what emotions stand out the most and where the feelings are located within your body. When you’re ready let thoughts come to mind too and take note of what thoughts stand out the most resonating with the feelings you are feeling.
Your turn – Share your external input 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 🙂