Battle: 4 things you can do right now to improve your pandemic life

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 29, 2020

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We are facing extraordinary times when almost the entire planet finds itself struggling with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the personal, professional and economic havoc it brings.

Most Americans at some point feel their lives are out-of-control, emotionally stressed, financially burdened, uncertain of the future, and ready to give up. Business building expert Richard V. Battle says how we respond to this unique time in our lives is a personal choice. “You can either proactively use the available time to grow and flourish or waste the available time thinking and worrying about things you can’t control,” says Battle, a veteran business consultant, speaker and author of six books, including his latest “Conquering Life’s Course.”

Richard V. Battle knows life’s battles. He survived a devastating apartment fire that killed his neighbor less than 30 feet away from him. He also experienced financial ruin with the Texas real estate collapse in the 1980s. Additionally, Battle endured an emotionally scarring divorce, two major heart procedures, cancer and the most significant loss of all, the death of his only son.

Richard’s optimistic attitude towards adversity has prepared him for life today. The top four things you can do right now to improve your “pandemic life” according to Battle include:

  • Focus on what you can control and find activities that will prepare you for the future.
  • Maintain a structure for your days and the discipline to persevere each day.
  • Things can always be worse. We don’t have to look far to see others worse off than we are.
  • How can I help others? The more we think about others, the less we focus on any negatives in our lives.

Richard V. Battle is a long-time business consultant, speaker and author. Visit him online at