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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TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Choose your battles wisely. Don't make a fuss or get involved in someone else's negativity.
Choose your battles wisely or conflict will continue.
Choose your battles wisely.' I have learned that I have to be strategic about saving my battles for big important issues and evaluating my priorities regularly.
The first is to choose your battles wisely, and the second is to adapt your hunting style to take advantage of the dog's strengths.
Choose your battles wisely. Because the reality is that the internet doesn't care about your schoolyard rhymes.
Even if you do not fully agree with the reviewers on some points, you need to choose your battles wisely. If a change to a sentence or paragraph requested by the reviewer does not affect the intended meaning, do your best to make the change.
You may have to choose your battles wisely. Your home and emotional zone are not blessed with sedate energies this week and you can find yourself involved in struggle all round - if you are not too careful.
You may have to choose your battles wisely. However, an older person may lend a hand.
To do this you need to bring professional calibre to the new environment and to be effective, learning to choose your battles wisely. Your colleagues need to recognise your skills and intentions.
Choose your battles wisely, as it's unwise to tackle large groups and people who are clearly insane.
Choose your battles wisely, and stay out of the cold.
His 10 Commandments for "Winning Decisions" are also well thought out--I particularly liked the 10th example, "choose your battles wisely and make sure what you're fighting for is worth the price you pay." For all its priceless anecdotes, this is still a section that might have been further explored.
That's fine, but do choose your battles wisely, and keep in mind the current astral advice which is: Keep a sense of proportion.
Choose your battles wisely, as it'sunwise to tackle large groups and people who are clearly insane.