The more time you invest in your family the better chance you have in creating the type of family that you have envisioned. With life there are no garantees, but if you can enjoy the time spent staying in good health, see some realistic short term gains, and build a strong family structure then the long term vision of having a successfull family should take care of itself. A happier family always makes a happier runner.
Healthy lifestyle patterns, good health, and strong family relationships are all things that are attainable goals for your family if you are selfish enough to make it happen.
How does being selfish pay off in trying to acheive a family goal? Certain things about being selfish can help you take action or different action to try and create a new result. For example if it is a fact that your family plays too many video games at home and this is a perceived problem, then being selfish for the good of your family may move you to try something different to cut down the amount of time video games get played.
Here are some steps for the approach if you see a problem that is not agreeing with one of your family goals:
Your plan needs to ultimately support the family goal that you have in mind. A way to test that is to ask a question about your plan. So for example, "Does it support building a strong family relationship?", "Does it establish a healthy lifestyle pattern?" or "Does it promote staying in shape?". If the plan supports one of more of these family goals then you need to be selfish enough to put your plan into action.
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