choose (one's) battles (wisely)

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choose (one's) battles (wisely)

To actively choose not to participate in minor, unimportant, or overly difficult arguments, contests, or confrontations, saving one's strength instead for those that will be of greater importance or in which one has a greater chance of success. As a parent, you learn to choose your battles with your kids so you don't run yourself ragged nagging them. The best politicians choose their battles wisely: if one becomes too embroiled in petty debates, one never gets anything done.
See also: battle, choose
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Yet he accepts he must not only choose his battles carefully, but also realises he has to earn the respect of his owners by showing them the success his decisions can bring.
Despite that resolution to pick and choose his battles, Devonish will continue to double up at 100m and 200m because he believes the different requirements involved help to make him a more complete runner.