Creating Goals with Soul


365 days ago today, I was on a plane heading home from India with a heart full of radical ways I was going to change my life, ditch the extra baggage, and get real with myself.

Joy, bliss, freedom… they were all high on my list.

And, to celebrate, I’m going on a little journey this month. I’d love for you to join me!

Where are we going?

Why, we’re jumping on the train of desire (sounds a bit kinky, don’t it?), last stop, soul-filled goals.

What’s a soul-filled goal? Very good question. The concept totally boggled my mind the first time I heard it, too. But don’t worry, there’s no need to get your brains in a mishmash. This is fun stuff.

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Picture this: you want that dream job, a loving husband, the perfect family, a strong yoga practice, more time to meditate, a fridge full of healthy food, a six pack (of beer or abs), a group of tight-knit friends, a cabin on the beach, early retirement, a life with no food restrictions, endless hours in the day to read, a successful career, an endless supply of fancy shoes, and a sweet car.

Those are all great things to want. But why do you want them? What’s driving your wants? What’s fueling your goals and desires?

Is it crazy to believe that, at the core of your wants and desires, lies a yearning for a specific feeling?

Think about it… how do you want to feel when you get that dream job, the loving husband or the perfect family? What feeling is driving that desire?

Figure that out, and you have a soul-filled goal. A goal with soul – a meaty, delicious goal that has a purpose, a spine, a backbone.

This soul-filled goal will empower you, connect you to your truth, spark your soul fire, and transform your life.

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Sounds pretty juicy, don’t it?

Danielle LaPorte, the creator of The Desire Map, believes that we have our relationship to goal setting and ambition backwards and inside out. We’re all searching aimlessly in the night, stabbing in the dark, hoping to catch a goal by the tail without knowing why we’re doing the hunting.

What I want to feel creates what I want to achieve.

Reaching into the depths of my desire to create a soul-filled goal seems logical, doesn’t it? It’s nothing like anything I’ve ever done, but makes so much sense to me… which is why I’m sharing this journey, my experience, and Danielle’s amazing work, with you.

Honest moment… the link I’ve used in this post is an affiliate link. And yes, I will make money when you decide to join me on this journey. But I wouldn’t be sharing this with you today if I didn’t feel super passionate about Danielle’s message, The Desire Map and the positive affect it’s had on my life in the week that I’ve been following it.


What’s the deal?

Maybe you want to feel happy, at ease, healthy, confident, strong, better, balanced, powerful, accomplished, capable, alive, fulfilled, creative, grounded, energetic, generous…

The Desire Map is about getting clear on the feelings that are driving your desires.

It’s about getting real with what you’re tired of feeling; what you would love to never feel again, and, instead, choosing to focus on life affirming feelings to create the experience you want.

It’s about getting in touch with the feelings that will fuel and transform the way you live.

The Desire Map is a multimedia guide to what you want the most. You’ll receive a book in the mail and access to Danielle’s Desire Portal – a space with audiobook downloads, videos, guidebooks, support… everything you need to make the most of the gentle journey.


Throughout this month, I’ve made a commitment to using The Desire Map to interrupt my mental complaints, point me in the direction of what I want, allow optimism into my life, expand my mind, open my heart and see more clearly. I’ll be sharing my discoveries along the way and would love to have a couple of pals to join in on the life changing ride with me. Are you in?

Tell me,

How do you feel about setting goals?

Are your goals and choices based on should’s, or because it’s what your parents did, or because it’s familiar?

What do you want to get out of life?

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    • Has she? Gosh, I haven’t seen any of it. So great to know that others are benefiting from her work though. So fabulous! I love, love, love her. What did you think about the program?

  1. Ooh YES! I love your recipes but I also love a nice deep and profound post once in a while! Goals: you already know how I feel about them – I’m a goal junkie! I think my goals used to be based on shoulds, but now that I’m learning more about myself, they’re rooted more in what I want to get out of life for me (but not in a selfish way – although that does sound selfish) and the person I want to see myself become. Great post Leanne!

  2. From one little mention you made on Facebook a few weeks ago, I jumped on the Danielle LaPorte train, consuming The Fire Starter Sessions in just a few days. Gorgeous work! I’m putting in a request at work to have The Desire Map purchased for me by my employer as part of my growth and development plan for 2013 – can’t wait to see if the request is approved!

    For the very reason she espouses – that we have the process backwards – setting goals has never appealed to me, nor have I ever been particularly good at it. Hers is a system that makes total sense to me and I can see being useful in my life, especially as I’ve been trying to wrap my head around some rather lofty ambitions that have sprung up with a surprising vigor, stamina and intensity. I needed some way to keep up with the wellspring of ideas and this provides the perfect platform. Thanks for sharing your perspective – I’d love to see more of how it impacts your and your readers’ journeys!

    • Wow, Fire Starter Sessions are next on my list… I can’t wait! So great that your office may be offering it. Good on you for suggesting it. I’ve seen that Danielle sometimes goes to people’s offices and does presentations. Now THAT would be cool!

  3. Leanne – this is great! I think it is important for individuals to develop themselves through self reflection. Growing up I used to do this through singing and poetry. As I get older, and now that I am a mother, I am amazed at how my goals in life have changed so much (even from 5yrs ago). Sometimes life throws things at us that we are not expecting and our directions change – but not necessarily in a bad way. People often put too much pressure on themselves if they don’t accomplish all the goals they set out to achieve. This is how I look at it now: “Sometimes on the way to the dream, you get lost and find a better one”.

    Looking forward to hearing about this journey you’ll be taking!

    • You’re so right. Sometimes the craziest of things thrown into my life have been the most expansive. That’s such a great way of looking at it!

  4. My acupuncturist suggested I look up Danielle a couple of months ago, but there were other things going on in my life that needed my attention. I had a conversation on Saturday about my goals and my progress and what I’m doing to achieve them. This morning on Pinterest, I saw your pin and I just purchased the Desire Map! I am about half-way through Book 1 and can’t wait to get to Book 2. I love how the universe works and am happy that I follow your blog. Everything happens for a reason! I am excited to incorporate my desires into my goals and approach my life in a new way! Good luck on your journey! :)

  5. Leanne-I have never heard of Danielle, but this is intriguing. My husband and I have a joint goal to set up for retirement and have a home by the beach. We want to set up for retirement because our parents did not do a good job of that, and we don’t want the same pitfall. We hope that we will be comfortable in retirement so that we can continue to pursue those things that interest us.

  6. I just found your blog and am IN LOVE! I have a similar story to yours and majored in Nutrition and now blog about my successes and struggles. I love this post! It is so true. We don’t pay enough attention to parts of our lives that are the most important, such as our soul. When we let it guide us, everything else becomes clear. Thanks for this post: ) I love your site!!:)

    • Hi Heather! I’m so happy that we connected. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Heading over to your space now :)

      • Hi Leanne! Thanks for visiting my site! Not sure why it wouldn’t let you comment:( Thank you for visiting!!:) I’m pinned almost every coconut recipe you have!:) I’m obsessed:) I love your approach to eating. It is SO similar to mine!:) I don’t know many people who love the same foods as much as I do:) Nice for that to change:) Also added you to my blogroll!:)

    • Hi Heather! Just wanted to let you know that I tried to leave a comment on your sexy smoothie post but received an error. It happened a couple of times :)

  7. If you’d like a tool for setting your goals, you can use this web application:


    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, and a calendar.
    Syncs with Evernote and Google Calendar, and also comes with mobile version, and Android and iPhone apps.

  8. oh my gosh, opened up your page and there’s a big MacDonalds commercial running across it…. OMG. a reminder what majority does and think of an easy meal on the go for little ones or a “special” treat while traveling. my neighborg exclaimed last week, why cook for kids, that McD now has a very good meal just for $4…. wow, do I have loads to say about it… just wondered if U knew or even if U have any control over McD running their ad on your page?

    • Ah! NO! Thank you for letting me know. I had no idea. I’ll look into it. Thank you so much.

  9. Hi Leanne,
    Does your affiliate link for the Desire Map have an expiry date? I’m just finishing up on Danielle’s Fire Starter Sessions (LOVE) and am hoping to sign up (get? enroll in?) the Desire Map for my birthday, which is coming up in a few weeks from now. I’d love to use your link (seeing as you were the first person to introduce me to Danielle’s awesomeness), so let me know if I can still clickety click on your link (and have you get credit for it!) Thanks!

    • Hi Dana! Fire Starter = awesome, right? Love it! Happy early birthday! My affiliate link does not expire so you’re good to go! Danielle is pretty darn awesome, I’m so happy I could introduce you to her. Have a good night :)

  10. Hi Leanne,

    Its interesting to reflect on my life. 8 years ago I made a commitment to change careers, no small undertaking but I did it. I did the research, made my goals and dove in had first and achieved my goals. Its the proudest I’ve ever been of myself.
    Unfortunately my new career was one that was hit pretty hard in the recession and I was one of so many that lost their jobs. In the meantime I’ve found work, but the position was run by a mentally and emotionally abusive boss.
    Though I’ve moved on, I’m still picking up the pieces and trying to find the girl I used to be. My goals are baby steps and tend to be a series of should’s, but through every small goal I’m one step closer to finding myself and passion in my life once again.
    So many entries on your blog have helped me in this healing process, I thank you so much. I also thank you for suggesting the Desire Map, I think this may be exactly what I’ve been looking for.

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