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Danielle LaPorte

A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul

3.8 (67 ratings)
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The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte helps readers create meaningful lives by focusing on how they want to feel, rather than what objectives they want to achieve. Through a process of exploration and discovery, this book guides readers to uncover their core desired feelings and align their thoughts and actions with them.

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    Desire fuels our lives.

    Rarely do we think of desire as something more than a sexual impulse. But desire doesn’t just drive our animal instincts! So what does it do? Let’s investigate what desire really is, and what we use it for.

    Desire is the power of wanting. It’s an engine of creativity and a purposeful force. When we desire something, we’re willing to plot and plan to get it. Desire is something we act upon, and it’s something for which we make sacrifices. It can make us angry, it can thrill us, or it can fill us with despair. In all cases, desiring something forces us to get creative in order to work out how we’re going to get what we want.

    Can you remember a high school crush you had? If there was someone you sat behind in science whom you really wanted to kiss, perhaps you thought up all sorts of creative ways to make them notice – dropping hints, writing notes, and so on.

    Desire is also a force that pushes your evolution as a person. Imagine if every time you met someone new, they gave you a written list of all their desires. You’d certainly learn a lot about them very fast! Our desires reflect things we face in our current realities and reveal our dreams for the future. Often, fears get in the way of our desires for the future. By tackling our fears, we’ll also tackle our dissatisfaction with life as we become brave enough to achieve all the things we desire. This is precisely what helps us grow as individuals.

    Finally, desire is the spark that keeps our will to live burning. Could you imagine a life where you stopped wanting things altogether? Without the desire for food, love, sex, companionship or achievement we’d have nothing to get us out of bed in the morning. In other words, our desire fuels us.

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    What is The Desire Map about?

    The Desire Map (2014) is your guide to harnessing the positive power of desire. From fostering creativity to providing motivation for you to chase your goals, desire with a healthy dose of self-awareness can help you on your way to fulfillment.

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    The Desire Map (2014) by Danielle LaPorte is a book that combines life coaching with personal development to help readers find true fulfillment and happiness. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It offers a refreshing perspective on goal setting, focusing on how we want to feel rather than what we want to achieve.
    • The book provides practical exercises and tools to help readers clarify their core desired feelings and align their lives with their true desires.
    • With its inspiring stories and heartfelt wisdom, it engages readers and invites them to explore their deepest desires and live with purpose.

    Best quote from The Desire Map

    Youve got to be hungry. Youve gotta want it.

    —Danielle LaPorte
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    Who should read The Desire Map?

    • Women and men who feel sad or unfulfilled in their lives
    • Teenagers or anyone trying to find his or her place in the universe

    About the Author

    Danielle LaPorte is a writer and entrepreneur who decided to skip school and instead learn everything by herself. She is deeply engaged with the concept of success and has authored The Fire Starter Sessions.

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    The Desire Map FAQs 

    What is the main message of The Desire Map?

    The main message of The Desire Map is to prioritize your core desired feelings to create a fulfilling life.

    How long does it take to read The Desire Map?

    The reading time for The Desire Map varies. However, the Blinkist summary can be read in just 15 minutes.

    Is The Desire Map a good book? Is it worth reading?

    The Desire Map is worth reading as it helps you align your goals with your feelings for a more meaningful life.

    Who is the author of The Desire Map?

    The author of The Desire Map is Danielle LaPorte.

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