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I've often seen this in organizations. A goal is set for some point in the distant future. After that date has passed, the results are reviewed. If the goal is not met, various excuses are offered and, in most cases, they are accepted.
That game can go on for years.
It is a far different scenario when the goal is set and the person in charge of achieving it develops a plan for doing so. Specific actions that can achieve the goal are identified and the progress on those actions is monitored. If adjustments need to be made, they can be. The emphasis is on the How: the efforts that are likely to produce favorable results.
It becomes a system of producing knowledge about how things can best be achieved.
Remember: Actions aren't just for achieving results. They are also for the production of knowledge.