Listful Thinking

by Susyn on February 13, 2015

Does your passion lead to action or do you wind up making lists of lists?
If you could use lists to be more productive, highly successful and
less stressed, would you?


Today’s inspiring On Purpose interview is with Broadcast journalist Paula Rizzo, the author of Listful Thinking: Using Lists to Be More Productive, Highly Successful and Less Stressed.  Paula is the senior health producer for Fox News Channel in New York City and founder of

An Emmy Award winner, she attributes much of her success to her compulsive list making. She is the author of the ebook 10 Lists Every Mom Needs.

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Gem of Wisdom: Go With The Flow

I’m so not the go with the flow type person.  At the times that I gave up on being so rigid and I just went with the flow wonderful things happened and things that I couldn’t have expected.

One Small Step:  Get Everything Out of Your Head & Organize it Later

This is a huge stress reliever.  Sitting down and taking your favorite note pad, or doing it on a computer.  Don’t prioritize, don’t worry about mixing your lists – just write everything down. Do a huge mind dump of everything that is weighing on you, that needs to get done, is not getting done, and you don’t want to forget. Get it all out there and leave it alone.

When you go back to it you can re-write the list(s) and make them more actionable.

Favorite Quotes:

“I make lots and lots of lists at work and never really thought anything about.  I never thought I would write a book about lists. That was never my intention.”

“I was looking for an apartment in NYC with my husband and we were looking around and couldn’t find anything. I was so overwhelmed. Every place I’d walk into I would see something shiny and get distracted. Then I wrote a checklist, just like I would do at work, of all the things I wanted to focus on when I walked through the door. When I had the list I was much more focused and it become so much easier looking for our apartment.

“I gave the list to a friend and her real estate broker loved it – like it was the best idea ever! My friend came back to me and said, ‘You’re really on to something with your list making, not everybody does this. This could be your thing. You could teach people how to do this.’ I thought, that thing that I’ve been looking for, here it is!”

“I thought everybody did this (used lists as a tool). I didn’t realize that people struggled with keeping things in order because it’s just something I would use everyday.”

“I always tell people to keep their bucket list separate from other lists – climbing Mt. Everest and buying milk do not belong on the same list!”

“Making a To-Do List is List Making 101. There are so many other ways you can use lists – gratitude lists, pros and cons lists, packing lists, lists of restaurants I want to try, a bucket list of items that you want to accomplish in your life.”

“People put way too much on a list, so for me I like to make a daily list, because it is short, focused and specific. The night before I leave work I sit down and think about what is tomorrow going to bring, what are all the things I need to get accomplished, what emails do I need to write, what phone calls do I need to make and I write down each one of those things.”

“If I get distracted I have the list to get me back on track.”

“Set yourself up for success. Start with items on your list that can be done relatively quickly. I like to do those things first, because then I can say, ‘Look at me I’m so productive today,’ and I can get to the next thing on my list.”

“Check Lists are very useful in getting a specific task accomplished.”

“At my core I’m a big procrastinator. So lists really help me to overcome that. At the same time you can use list making as a procrastination tool!”

“I always tell people who are not big list people to make a life list, a bucket list – because you know yourself better than anybody else. You know the things you want out of life.”




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The 3 Purpose Blocks

by Susyn on February 3, 2015

What gets in the way of finding clarity about our purpose?
What are the blocks and how can we claim our purpose despite,
or even by way of, these obstacles?


This energized On Purpose interview is with Chris Kyle a thought-leader in the area of Purpose, and founder/CEO of the Ascendant Company, an eLearning consulting firm that helps authors, teachers and organizations build online learning programs and highly-engaged global learning communities that unite and inspire people across cultures.

Chris has guided the online launches of notable best-selling authors and teachers including Neale Donald Walsh, Jean Houston, Arielle Ford, among others.

Chris also develops and teaches his own public online learning programs in the areas of purpose, the ‘new success’ and authentic leadership. He created and hosted the The Power of Purpose Summit, which drew over 10,000 participants from 85 countries; and is the creator and teacher of the Man On Purpose 7-week online course with participants from 20 countries.

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Gem of Wisdom:   My purpose is actually energy, born out of me, aligned with who I am that feels authentic, and then I give that out as service into the world.”

One Small Step:  Free Yourself from Your Distractions Vortex
(Do this practice during a 7-day period):

  • Make a commitment to watch the pattern of your activities throughout the 7 days. Notice where you spend your time and your energy, especially when you have and “open” time during the day. You can do this by using a journal and noting where you spent your time. Where did I have some “open” space in my day and I chose something that put me into the distraction vortex? During the week create a stillness practice, where you sit in the quiet for 10 minutes and reflect on where you spent your time during the day.
  • As you make notes each day, as you come to toward the end of the week, notice what you are avoiding. In your journal write, What am I noticing I am avoiding?
  • As you see your particular distractions more clearly, that don’t really serve you and you notice the qualities of what you are avoiding you are going to need support. Sometimes this is a purpose buddy(s) or group that you meet with regularly, who give you continuing positive support. With this support you can declare where you get stuck and other people can remind you of your purpose and give you support and feedback.


Favorite Quotes from this Interview:

“I thought I was going to make my mark in the corporate world and climb the ladder in business and have an impact in business. And there was always a part of me feeling that that was where I should be headed, that was what was expected coming out of a good college.

“Almost from the get-go, it didn’t feel right, it didn’t resonate with me, it wasn’t the place I felt I could give my gifts. It felt constricting.”

“I left corporate America and started my own traveling company. That was really the start of saying, how do I want to live my life; what do I want; how do I want to contribute – without me really saying, I’m on a purpose journey,”

“This was a shift in mindset – how can I serve in a way that is more inspiring for me? What can I create that brings me alive and can excite other people?”

“My journey over the last 7 – 10 years has been to fine-tune more of what my purpose is from a being state and less from a doing state.”

“The final piece of my purpose model is aligned actions. Aligned actions should be aligned with my essence that moves into my essential gift(s) that then opens me to the actions I’m taking. This necessitates starting with the deeper interior of my essence.”

“What am I really about? What are the qualities that make me, me? It’s an inside – out game.”

“Purpose is the expression of who I am authentically, with my gifts, giving them out into the world as an act of service.

“The 3 biggest Purpose Blocks are:

  • The Fear Triad – fear of survival, fear of failure, and fear of ridicule
  • The Doubting Voice – inner critic, gremlins, inner bullies
  • The Distraction Vortex – all of the choices and possibilities in our lives that can distract us.”

“The external blocks are cute little kittens compared to dragons and demons inside our own heart and mind.”



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