Do you have a doing attitude? You may say that you know this information or you know that, but what do you do with the information you know? You may have heard the saying, “do according to your attitude.” What does this mean? What is a doing attitude?

Doing is a learned predisposition to respond in a consistently favorable or unfavorable manner with respect to a given object, person or idea. It is what a person already decided to like or dislike about something.

Your doing is something someone taught you, either something you like or dislike. You may have learned your doing through your own actions and experiences. Humans have the ability to think, feel and to do. We respond to the environment through the things you see, hear and touch. Within your mind, these actions stimulate words, sounds and images. When that occurs, your memory searches for similar memories or learned responses to that action. It goes something like this:

  • You see something. You hear something. Alternatively, you touch something.
  • Within moments, your mind is searching for a memory like the action occurring now.
  • You react by how you feel or what you do. It may only be a thought that you “do” but you always react. You always have feelings and beliefs, too.

Most of what you have learned is not something you are aware of knowing. Everything you think or you do is done consciously. It is a learned activity. Most of the time, you are unaware of what you have learned until your mind brings it back up again. You have already decided if you like it or not. Because of this, the actions, words or your body language reflects that like or dislike. This like or dislike is your belief.

Here’s another way to look at it. Has anyone ever told you that you have a chip on your shoulder? Chances are good the answer to that is yes. When you have that “chip”, you are actually communicating your feelings, or beliefs, about whatever is occurring. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to help you to express what your beliefs are.

  • How do you feel about your boss?
  • What is your attitude about your teachers?
  • What is your attitude about your wife or husband?

You may have different experiences in each of these situations. Your words may say one thing, but your actions define what you truly believe.  The way you react, which occurs almost instantly, is a belief coming to the surface.

Beliefs are the thoughts and ideas that you believe to be true. In some cases, beliefs can be formed based on nothing but assumptions. What’s more, the beliefs you have, good or bad, based on fact or assumptions, can stop you from doing anything to improve yourself.