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.
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Karen Goggin, my old supervisor at NAA, always told me some things are out of your control and you have to choose your battles.
Lennon knows from his own experiences as a combative central midfielder you must choose your battles carefully because you will never get the better of officialdom in the long run.
In football, he explained, you choose your battles.
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A very intense, almost explosive opposition could see you dig those heels of yours in today, but do choose your battles carefully, you can't win them all.
Even if you do not fully agree with the reviewers on some points, you need to choose your battles wisely.
Think, confront true conflicts only, choose your battles and focus on the behaviors that need changing, not on the people attached to those behaviors.
Sometimes you have to choose your battles and let IKEA take care of the rest.
The fact is; there are only so many winnable points in any negotiation, so it's important to choose your battles, and just as important to time your battles, carefully.
Choose your battles and fight from high on the trunk.
Lennon knows from his own experiences as a combative central midfielder that you must choose your battles carefully because you will never get the better of officialdom in the long run.