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The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul Paperback – January 1, 2014
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“When I sat down with The Desire Map, I immediately felt my shoulders relax. Within the first few pages I was nodding my head. I felt heard and validated. She did it. She gets it. And now everyone else can too. I WISH that this goldmine of insight and practical guidance had been by my side over the years. I feel blessed to have Danielle in my life, and I can't wait to see the floodgates of bliss, a-ha's and life-changing shifts burst open as people put their Desire Map into practice. Danielle is a master. She's part psychic, part dream whisperer, and all fire starter. If you're ready to awaken and live in alignment with who you truly are, then toss your Type A to-do's and dive heart-first into The Desire Map.” ―Kris Carr, author of Crazy Sexy Kitchen, Crazy Sexy Diet
“With an organic elegance The Desire Map couples our primal desire-energy with the inborn intelligence of our feelings. The result? Optimizing our time on Earth. LaPorte's joie de vivre is contagious. Prepare to catch it!” ―Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Life Visioning
“The first time I did The Desire Map, I called Danielle to say, This works! Declaring my core desired feelings uplifted my relationships and the way I work in the world. And nobody puts out poetic motivation like Danielle does. The Desire Map is a hotline to your truth.” ―Gabrielle Bernstein, author of May Cause Miracles and Spirit Junkie
“Danielle LaPorte is scary smart, yet so kind and practical that she kindles the fire in you without causing you to feel consumed by the flames. She has the knowledge you need to succeed. Lean in and listen close. What she has to say is what our spirits need to hear.” ―Martha Beck, author of Finding Your Own North Star and The Joy Diet
“Danielle is a yoga-powered champion of YOU-ness. That is. you, rocking your mission and brimming with desire. And The Desire Map lays out the roadmap for how to rewire your desire, not stress. She has accomplished something extraordinary.” ―Sara Gottfried, MD, author of The Hormone Cure
“Inspiration, innovation, and self-worth are just some of elements that Danielle LaPorte will fill you up with. The Desire Map discusses how to make your dreams and goals come true in a realistic way. . guaranteed to wow you.” ―BeliefNet.com
“The Desire Map. It's a motherload of motivation, inspiration and transformative triggers to help you start living the life of your dreams as an entrepreneur, a lover, a hero. Under its gorgeous cover, it's packed with videos, fantastic music tracks, contemplations, workbooks and Danielle's famed street-smart wisdom.” ―Navjit Kandola | TenderLogic.com
“As always, Danielle LaPorte has broken the mold for self-actualization with The Desire Map. This experience will invite, challenge, and even seduce you to get to know the core of who you are. The Desire Map doesn't give you some sort of outside-inn prescription to "live your dreams" and "tackle lofty goals" like other programs. Instead, you'll be guided through a process that's guaranteed to help you craft your life and make decisions based on what will truly make you happy. Forget time management systems, goal setting programs, and visioning exercises. The Desire Map is all you need to design a life that will truly work for you.” ―Kate Northrup, author of Money: A Love Story
“The Desire Map has me reeling. Your truth is so laid bare, raw, revealed. I'm drop-jawed in awe.” ―Meggan Watterson, author of Reveal: A Sacred Manual for Getting Spiritually Naked
“I'm only on page 11 of The Desire Map and my mind has been blown WIDE OPEN.” ―Gala Darling | GalaDarling.com
“I've lived in over-drive. For years. I was a tenacious goal-getter and I drove myself hard to reach those goals - no matter what they were. Until I hit a wall, and thought, There's gotta be another way. The Desire Map is that "other way." This is what people are looking for - a new way to plan their lives - an inside-out approach.” ―Eric Handler | PositivelyPositive.com
“Most of us are so busy planning that we forget what we're planning for. You've ignited a reverence for our desires in a way that brings meaning back to our daily actions. The Desire Map is a life-changer.” ―Nisha Moodley | FierceFabulousFree.com
“My only mistake was starting to read The Desire Map at night. I couldn't put it down, madly scouring my heart for longing, writing down my desires with clarity I haven't felt for years. Thank you so much for this. It's straightforward and yet deeply poetic. It's big and beautiful and generous and profound. I don't say this lightly - it changes everything.” ―Samantha Reynolds | Founder and President, Echo Memoirs
About the Author
Danielle LaPorte is the bestselling author of The Fire Starter Sessions (Random House, 2012). An entrepreneur, social media sensation, and inspirational speaker, Danielle has been featured in Elle, Body + Soul, Vogue Australia, Better Homes & Gardens, Globe & Mail, The National Post, The Huffington Post, Entertainment Tonight, USAToday and BusinessWeek.com. She was a news show commentator for CBC, and is a former director of a Washington DC think tank, where she managed a team of analysts studying global trends for the likes of the Pentagon and the World Bank.
Over a million visitors have gone to DanielleLaPorte.com for her straight-up advice―a site that's been deemed "the best place online for kick-ass spirituality," and was named one of the "Top 100 Websites for Women" by Forbes. Danielle lives in Vancouver, BC with her young son.
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You will read negative reviews about it being disorganized, and yes, it is. But deliciously so. Even though I’m your geeky over-planner goal-oriented step-by-step person, I really enjoyed reading this book.
There’s also a complain about the play of font sizes and how it’s difficult to read on Kindle. Yes, that’s true, to an extent. I didn’t find it difficult per se, it’s different. And I did enjoy the fact that some pages had huge font and I could pass them over quickly.
In the printed form it’s a design choice. I’m a designer and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Look, if you really want to do the work, just get a notebook and do the exercises there.
They also complain that Danielle’s language is fake to make it more palatable. See, I see Danielle as a bit of a poet and it shows in her writing. So she builds weird sentences and adds too many periods and so what… That’s her style. I found it direct and soothing and entertaining. I could hear her voice in her words.
Also, there are lots of quotes from famous people… ok, yeah, I could do without all the quotes… but I just didn’t read them all.
They also complain that she packaged the content in a way that is convenient for her in terms of sales. Well, yeah!!! I mean… wouldn’t we all? She’s not forcing you to buy anything… and this book in itself is enough to apply all the concepts. You really don’t need to buy anything else… unless you want to. She’s a savvy business woman! And that’s a good thing!
In conclusion, (just like jazz), it ain’t for everybody. In my opinion the people who have left the negative reviews just are not ready for this kind of knowledge, it’s not their time, or it’s just not their style. And that’s fine.
You can expect this book to read exactly as Danielle speaks. Go to her YouTube channel and watch her speak. If you resonate with her, then buy the book.
I just finished my desire map and even though this year started with a lot on anxiousness, the book helped me to focus and now I know exactly what my plan for 2015 looks like.
My other big issue is that the text goes nowhere. She just jabbers on and on without ever really reaching a point. It reminds me of my school papers from my childhood where I had to meet a page requirement but ran out of things to say nu page 2.
All in all I couldn't finish the book. I tried but it kept putting me to sleep which is pretty much the opposite of what I look for in a book like this.
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I ordered the Kindle version and read it on my iPhone. As it is a workbook it would be better to have in hard copy until Amazon offers the feature to write in electronic books (adding 'notes' doesn't really cut it) otherwise you'll need a separate pen and pad.