2015 Tenacity of Desire Mapping

Every January the big question is what are your resolutions for the year.  I became a fan girl of Danielle LaPorte’s when I read her book, The Desire Map, a guide to creating goals with soul.

Me FanGirl-ing Danielle LaPorte's Desire Map - July 2014
Me FanGirl-ing Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map – July 2014

Basically what is does is allows you to figure out how you want to feel, for what you want to accomplish.  Those two can be one in the same in some instances.  However, most likely they are not, and this primarily is why we may be let down when we drive desires by tasks versus feelings and emotions.

For example many people will have a goal to exercise to lose weight, some will stay the course but most will fail.  What do you want from exercising or losing weight? Not just better health – put a feeling to it.  For example I want to feel vibrant and sexy that’s the desire, and you may want to do several things to get there, but the pressure of task is flowing, it might be exercising, it might be buying a new dress, it might be monthly pedicures the desire will evolve over the year it adjusts.  I won’t steal Danielle’s thunder on this, certainly check out her book and website – totally worth it.


My desire mapping is the tenacity I will open wide to what I want, without judgement.  I will create the life I love and share it to make a difference for others.

I hope your tenacity for goals, mapping or resolutions gives you joy this year, even amongst the trying and hard times.  Never be fooled it will all be roses, otherwise how do we grow?

Cheers to you for a great 2015,



Disclosure: I have no association or affiliation under contract indirect or directly with Danielle LaPorte or the book The Desire Map.  As stated above, only a fan girl and when I find something great – heck yea, I’m sharing it for others!

Are Leaders Born or Made?

This is always a hot topic in leadership. Is a good leader born or made?

There are certain attributes that some naturally have, such as the gift of negotiation and debate. Those with the quick wit in sticky situations, i.e., Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop. The point is, everything can be learned with the right effort and practice. There is no limit to what one can achieve with the right tools, training and support. However, to know whether one was born a leader, is it even relevant today?

Psychologist have said this is a dangerous question, born or made. The idea is that the focus on a leaders’ natural ability lessens the focus on leadership development and training. In the down economy the development programs are often in the first budget cuts. Current research suggests that experience on the job plays an important catalyst for unlocking leader behavior. There is no substitute for learning through doing, making mistakes and improving with time. Maybe the question is dangerous because the definition of leadership is variable depending on who you ask.

Leaders – are individuals who establish direction for a working group of individuals, who gain commitment from these group members to this direction, and who then motivate these members to achieve the direction’s outcomes.

This definition is broad enough to allow for a wide variety of leader behavior. For example, setting direction can range from establishing strategic direction for the organization to setting daily target goals for a team or individuals. Secondly, a leader need not exercise all three elements to be a leader in the eyes of others. Leaders can be found all over organizations fulfilling one or all of these roles.

I advise that organizations don’t be seduced by someones past success. You see it often that organizations bring in new leadership based on that leaders past success in other companies to bypass in-house development. Certainly there is good reason to bring new leadership from the outside for fresh ideas and to energize an organization, just don’t short change internal leadership development in the process. Whether a person outwardly shows leadership attributes or not, an organization is smart to focus on the leadership development first then selection of the ‘natural’ leader second.

I know where Vince Lombardi sits. Where do you sit on this topic? Comment or Tweet me, looking forward to hearing from you!!

“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” –Vince Lombardi