pick (one's) battle(s)

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pick (one's) battle(s)

To 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 where one has a greater chance of success. As a parent, you learn to pick your battles with your kids so you don't run yourself ragged with nagging them. The best politicians pick their battles wisely: if one becomes too embroiled in petty debates, one never gets anything done.
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And, channel your wisest self when picking your battles. Manners are worth it, so it's "please" and "thank you" or no sammich/ride/cash; and, watch those grades, sports and friends for any sudden drops.
"If you're smart with your decision making, not going for lost causes and sticking your head into a ruck when you're about to get smashed it's picking your battles. I think you have to watch yourself quite a bit.
Pick healthy habits: The book advises doing this by simplifying your life, exercising, picking your battles and lightening up.
Personally, I am going to try and apply the suggestions in chapter 19 'Avoiding information overload' by Meredith Selfen and I would commend to every hard pressed librarian chapter 32 by Kelli Hines and Deborah Farber: 'The High Road or Easy Street: saving time by picking your battles' which neatly summarises knowledge that I gained over years.
Coalition should be about picking your battles, not trying to win everything.