choose the path of least resistance

choose the path of least resistance

To do something or decide on a course of action that avoids confrontation or difficulty. Let's not try to innovate this time—just choose the path of least resistance so we can get the job done on time. You're never going to be respected by your boss if you choose the path of least resistance every time he asks you to do something you don't want to do.
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Whether in the field of sports, love, or whatever; we naturally choose the path of least resistance.
Don't choose the path of least resistance, choose the one that's most beneficial.
As you develop your sample tracking system, keep in mind that the nature of human beings is to choose the path of least resistance.
Instead, we must choose the path of least resistance and use our surface-search radar as the primary means of weather avoidance.
As one who shies away from confrontation, I generally choose the path of least resistance.
Yet, at year-end, rather than confront poor performers with the bad news, many managers choose the path of least resistance, speeding through performance reviews and spreading merit pay out almost evenly - like "peanut butter.