Propelled by, but not necessarily directed towards achieving, a goal.
[See also "purpose-driven."]
USAGE: The President articulated a goal-driven plan for peace in the Middle East.
COMMENT: Activities require goals in the way that cars require fuel. When something is described as "goal-driven," it's analogous to describing a car as "ethanol-driven"—i.e. it's powered by ethanol, not directed towards or productive of, ethanol.