Danielle LaPorte’s The Desire Map

The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorteYou know when you keep hearing a name, or a book keeps getting mentioned? That’s been happening a lot to me in the last several months with Danielle LaPorte. Motivational speaker and “guru” of sorts, but she’s got sass. Her message is on point with a lot of healers and spiritual folk, but her voice is distinct, and I find that appealing.

So anyway, I’m reading (and working through) her book The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul“, upon recommendation (also available in a Kindle version). The premise is refreshing and simple: how do you want to feel? Discarding rigid goal lists and intentions can be liberating if you focus instead on the feeling you’re seeking. In other words, you might be setting yourself up for failure if you’re setting restrictive KPIs to the Universe. And, of course, you know what they say: be careful what you wish for.

So lots of nodding and post-it noting as I go through it. The interesting thing for me is how affirmative a read it is. I feel like much of what she says isn’t at all new to me but, rather, confirming many of the lessons I’ve been accumulating over the years (particularly the last three or four).

Other things I like:

  • Conversational tone and easy to read – not to diminish the writing at all, because LaPorte writes beautifully – she brings to her writing heart, experience, self-deprecation and brutal, painful honesty
  • Some zinger quotes – “Desire hurts so good”.
  • Messaging is strong, purposeful and useful. She talks about life-affirming discipline. Divine purpose. Inner versus outer attunement.

While I’m yet to reach the actual workbook part of The Desire Map (yes, there’s homework), I feel confident recommending this book to people who are feeling like they shouldn’t be feeling a certain way. This book is about freedom and connection to yourself, in a very practical yet spiritual way.

Available through the above links in Kindle or print versions