The definition of a goal is “the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.” Short version, something one wants to achieve. For example, my goal is to finish a half marathon in under two hours. But how am I going to accomplish that goal?
The definition of a habit is “a regular tendency or practice” or “an automatic reaction to a specific situation.”
Creating good habits and setting intentions will help me achieve that goal of 13.1 miles in under two hours. Every runner will have a training plan in place before a run. That plan is setting the intention to train at specific days, times, and distances. Doing this over and over will create the habits needed to achieve the goal. I didn’t mention the other factors that go along with training: diet, hydration, proper warm-up and cool down, and strength training. These factors will have an independent set of goals, intentions, and systems.
So there is a process to achieving whatever the desired goal is, whether it is sports, personal or professional. Without intention or a system to reach the desired goal, goals become unattainable.