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welcome back so we've learned that it's important to keep working through your frustrations by using the right learning strategies the more you work through your frustration the more your brain grows right but it can be difficult to work through that frustration without a clear direction that's why it's important to make SMART goals it's an acronym goes like this specific measurable actionable realistic timely because look you can wish all you want and say one day I'm gonna go to the moon and you can want that like your life depended on it but a wish is not a goal an example of a moon plan that consists of SMART goals would go something like this M in 20 years I will have studied enough physics and chemistry flown jet planes in the airforce worked out four times a week and gotten a job as an astronaut for NASA and this will enable me to fly a spacecraft to the moon and put my feet on it for science reasons specific put your feet on the moon measurable are your feet touching the surface of the Moon actionable it is actionable that is to say doable to study physics and chemistry enlist in the Air Force and go to the gym realistic it's hard but it's not impossible to become an astronaut timely here's where more realism kicks and you won't be able to go to the moon as an astronaut overnight 20 years seems a little more reasonable but let's take this back to a more sensible timescale and look at our friend Thank You pinky hey buddy TP here is interested in pull-ups wants to be able to lift their entire mass with just the arms this one but pull-ups are hard so let's take a look at thankee pinky's reflection Journal quote I want to be able to do two consecutive pull-ups by the end of the year by practicing pull-ups at the gym three times per week why is this a smart goal S is for specific TP wants to work on pull-ups and they're not interested in biking or weight training there's one skill that think you pinky wants to work on and that's pull-ups M is for measurable what's the metric for TP success two in a row two pull-ups one right after the other you've either done it or you haven't measurable a is for actionable can it be broken down into individual tasks yeah go into the gym three times a week to practice feels very actionable indeed are is for realistic teepees not training to lift a car just some pull-ups T is for timely there's a time limit on this thing key pinky wants to do this in a year's time altogether that's a smart goal you got there TP with the power of persistence smart goals and the right kind of help you can do anything you set your mind to you can learn anything happy goal-setting