Jen Blackertís book begins with a promise: "You are about to understand how, as a spiritual being, you can change
your mindset to experience phenomenal success and authentic truth. You will learn how to create and design a life
without struggle or stress and live a life with flow."†† Sound good to you?
Blackert begins by telling us about the Ten Rules that lead toward greater happiness: Indulge Your Fantasy,
Know Yourself, Have Pure Energy, Be Inspired, Empower Yourself, Know Your Dragons,†Reset Your Mindset, Be Fabulous,
Have Faith, and Invoke Your Intuition. Each rule has a chapter devoted to it, each introduced with an
inspirational quote.† Because an important part of Blackertís method is journaling, she also includes templates for
journal entries and questions to ponder while journaling.
The Seven Dragons of the title are the limiting thought and behavior patterns which keep us from having that
perfect life, although Blackert is careful to point out that humans have millions of these dragons running loose in
our minds and, for the most part, running our lives. Seven of them, however, are†what she calls ĎKing Dragonsí,† and
theyíre the ones that terrorize most of us: Mental Incongruence, Overwhelmed Obsession, Decision Procrastination,
Attention Deficit, Resistance, Money, and Wanting to Be Worthy. By becoming acquainted with our particular
dragons, we can learn to defeat them and clear the path to happier and healthier lives and relationships. Blackert
spells out in detail the characteristics of each of these dragons, telling us where they come from, how they behave,
and suggesting ways to tame the beasts.
Blackertís bio describes her as "an intuitive, author, speaker, and coach." In the course of the book, she shares
her own experiences and alludes to an earlier time when she was "trapped by a high paying salary," reluctant to let
go of that hefty income and strike out on a crusade to defeat her own dragons and create a more workable life for
herself. Most readers will relate to the fear of change, if not necessarily to the problem of a big paycheck.
If rules, limiting beliefs, and journaling sound familiar, itís probably because youíve read other self-help books.
While there is nothing strikingly different or revelatory about Seven Dragons, it is the format of the book
that will be most helpful. Clearly presented with an overwhelming tone of compassion and optimism, Jan Blackertís
words will speak directly to some readers who simply didnít connect with the same information presented in different
Seven Dragons is generous with sound advice and enthusiastic motivators. The book seems to have bypassed
the copy edit stage, judging by the large number of typographical errors, but it does contain substantial information.
As the author herself points out: "Reading is only the first step to learning, integrating, and believing. You must
journal, practice, and take action on these principals." In other words, a self-help book is only as good as the
self you put into it.