Inner Growth Word of The Day 165 – External drive

June 14

Inner Growth Word of the Day: External drive


Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: external – (adj.) 2 a. of, relating to, or connected with the outside or an outer part. drive – (v.) 5 a. to exert inescapable or coercive pressure on.  5 d. to press or force into an activity, course, or direction.


External drive in a sentence: An external drive can bring you to do something you wouldn’t have otherwise done in the absence of it.


External drive in action: Something outside of you that brings you to take certain actions or provokes strong feelings that get you to take action is an external drive.


External drive and inner growth: An external drive is something that stems from outside of you and exploring how exactly it affects you, and gets you to take action, gives you insights into inner triggers that push you to think, feel or do something.  With this knowledge inner growth takes place because you are now aware of inner triggers activated by the external, which means you can work with those inner triggers and transform them as you see fit from within and not as a consequence of the external.


External drive and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What do I consider to be an external drive that is always present in my life? How have external drives affected my life?  When did I first notice an external drive that got me to do something?  Why do external drives affect me?  What have I learned about myself from my external drives?


  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with external drive at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. From this list pick the word that stands out the most to you and associate to it the biggest external drive you’ve experienced in your life so far.  Use the rest of the words from your first list to write about this experience.


  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about external drive and as the emotions flow throughout your body notice if they freely flow or if they seem to accumulate in certain parts of your body. As you do this keep your mind silent, but once you’ve pinpointed the location of your feelings allow thoughts to come in and see what’s the first thought that crosses your mind.  Now focus on that thought and let the feelings from it do the rest of the talking.


Your turn – Share your external drive 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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