I know what I actually do is very different from what I or most people would say you should do.
First pick a good goal and don't lie. I want to surf good is a way to articulate a goal but it's pretty Inexact. I'm betting. I think if it were me, I would say " I want to have the feeling of mastery doing X.
When that was motocross I said, "I want to win "
When the goal was mountain biking it was "earn a pro card"
When it was Highland games the goal was, "Look like you know what you're doing and meet people. "
In old fucker powerlifting it's ,"Have a respectable squat and total elite in the open. "
These all demand radically different approaches. You grok?
I agree completely. And I like your varied goals.
My goal is actually "I want X to happen" - due to surfing better.
I don't know if you remember, but I shared that I had private goals at the start of the year? One is related to surfing, but the only way it's happening is if I'm universally a better surfer. And I have to demonstrate that skill at a particular local surf break. But I do have a very clear goal in mind, going to check out the other replies.