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The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul Paperback – January 1, 2014
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—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."
"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
"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
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.
What she did was taking this idea "what you are really looking for is a feeling" and made an entire book out of it. It could have been better.
This book is about the idea that when you set a goal, a purpose, you don't really want that thing but the feeling that it would give you, that "what you are really looking for is a feeling". I agree with that and it is all good until here. But that is all the insight that you get from the book.
The first part is full of quotes and a couple of stories from her life that she keeps repeating in all interviews about this book. The second part - the workbook is not deep enough to help you find your "core desired feelings" as she called them. The questions she asks in the workbook are superficial,not insightful enough and they do not guide you anywhere.
I think she put the workbook in this book just to fill the pages so that it would look more like a "book". Otherwise this "book" would have been a 20 page "booklet".
This is what I think after reading the book, listening to audios and all: repetitions, quotes and filling pages around that one idea of finding first how you want to feel, but not really helping you with this process.
The material is great and I definitely discovered desires of which I wasn't aware. However, I found myself moving through the book much more quickly than I expected, and the ending was sort of anti-climatic in a very '...now what?' sort of way. It might be because I've done a lot of work on 'myself' over the past couple of years, so some of the questions were things I had already pondered and worked through.
I would definitely buy this book again, or for a friend - it's worth the read, just not as 'Wow!!' as I thought it would be from all of the things I've heard about it.