You get insights — you see things you hadn't seen before and you know your life could be better. But often (too often) the insight fades until you forget about it, and nothing changed. It's frustrating and demoralizing.
But I have found a simple tool that can change this: A digital recorder. Get a handheld digital recorder (here's the one I use) and when you read something you want to remember, or when you get an insight you'd like to remember, record the insight. It takes only seconds. Coach yourself.
Then when you're doing the dishes or walking to the parking lot after work, or whenever, put headphones on and listen to your insights (or just put the little speaker up to your ear and listen — it looks like you're on a cell phone). When you've listened to one insight enough that you've really got it (or if it's no longer relevant) delete it. Keep adding more as you get new insights.
This is an ever-changing, always-relevant self-coaching system. Use it to turn fleeting, temporary insights into something that will change your life for the better and for the long run.
Most phones can be used as a digital recorder too. Some have an app for it that comes with the phone, and there are plenty of other apps made for the purpose.
Read about another tool for change: Postables.
Adam Khan is the author of Principles For Personal Growth, Slotralogy, Antivirus For Your Mind, and co-author with Klassy Evans of How to Change the Way You Look at Things (in Plain English). Follow his podcast, The Adam Bomb.