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Introduction to the Desire Map
A digital exploration of a tool for holistic living
It's time to get off achievement autopilot. You are at the beginning of a transformation…of discovering what your heart is trying to tell you. Your aim is to get out of your head so that you can get into your heart. For an intelligent person like you, I know this is easier said than done.
The exercises below help you get in touch with your feelings. Think of it like soul-stretching or a warm-up to uncovering your deepest desires.
Each exercise includes a worksheet and the questions read by Danielle LaPorte, the author of the Desire Map, who said: "Knowing how you want to feel is the most potent form of clarity you can have. Generating those feelings is the most powerful thing you can do with your life.”
You can download the worksheets by clicking on the images below.
Brew some tea or pour a glass of wine. Find a quiet corner, grab your favorite pen or pencil and your journal or notebook. I want you to take the time for yourself. Go deep. The questions are designed to warm you up to your inner desires.
Pause after each question. Write the answers in your personal journal, or print the worksheet and write them down right on the page. Let your mind go and write. You can go with the first answer that comes to mind, change your answers, or jump all over the page. You can give one-word answers or cram in as many thoughts as you can fit.
Or if you are an audio learner, take a deep breath and speak the words out loud. If you want to remember your answers, record them using the voice memo option on your smartphone.
Tip: If you find you’re struggling with not having your answers flow, grab a blank page and just write for a few minutes. Don’t worry about what you’re writing, how it sounds, or how it looks. Just let your stream of consciousness flow.
(1:30 minute audio)
Listen to the 12-minute audio on SoundCloud by clicking the image above. In it, you get to hear Danielle LaPorte get real about her experience with the Desire Map. She confesses that even the creator of the Desire Map sometimes falls under the grip of goal fixation or the constant racing for success.
You've discovered your Core Desired Feelings. Now what?
It’s a tool you can (and will hopefully) use on a regular basis to calm and focus yourself. Designing our lives with intention starts with a feeling—which comes from the heart.
Make a date with your future-self.
The Daily Ritual Worksheet syncs your to-do list with your core desired feelings. Write down how you desire to feel -- then create rituals that help you feel that way. A perfect companion to stick in your planner.
The daily gratitude worksheet helps remind you to take a ride along the appreciation highway every day. Strengthen your gratitude muscle and benefit in so many ways.
Click the button below to download a color version or here for a black and white version of the worksheet.
The Soulful Habit Tracker is a printable worksheet for you to make note of how you're creating your days with intention. Tuck it into your day planner, keep it on your desk, or your fridge. Let it be your reminder that the primary intention is to feel good.
Desire to to watch, listen, or read even more?
Hi, I'm Kelsey Cleveland
In 2015, I realized I'd never taken a course on the most important subject of all — how to design a life that feels good to me. So, I began a self-designed study to find the answer.
That's when I discovered a book that would change my life —The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte.
Now I help intelligent, highly-educated women over 40 who want to be happier in their personal and professional lives. They’re frustrated and confused about how to find the “right” path forward on their own without rules and textbooks. Inspired by The Desire Map, I help them uncover their desires so they can design a life that feels good.
Are you ready to design a life that feels good?
You’re an intelligent woman who excelled in school and university. Growing up, people told you you could have it all in your personal and professional lives. You believed them.
Years after graduation, you're now at a point where you need to make a change. Right now one or more areas of your life aren't working. You're frustrated because you can't figure out the "right" path forward on your own. But too many possibilities create the paralyzing pressure to make the right choice.
You don't have to figure out the answers on your own. Let's do it together.
Schedule a FREE 30-minute virtual coffee date to learn how I can work with you. I look forward to meeting you with a wave and a friendly smile online.
How can we work together to make the most of this big adventure called life?