The 7 Best Things to Do When You Feel Like Giving Up

09/01/2016 10:07 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

It happens to the best of us. You work tirelessly to achieve a certain goal, yet it seems like all you're actually achieving is failure. But before you decide to give up, try these seven helpful tips.

A. Stop and Evaluate

2016-08-22-1471876010-7083808-JohnArroyo.pngLook at your endeavor from all angles. Remember why you are doing what you do and reflect on how you are trying to accomplish it. Would a different approach work better? Make sure you are also focused on the right endeavor in the first place. Knowing you have the right goal will add the extra confidence you need to push through. - John Arroyo, Arroyo Labs, Inc.

A. Remember What's Important

2016-08-22-1471875977-5392352-JessicaBaker.pngSometimes you find yourself sacrificing more than you initially realized. It can be liberating to make all the decisions, but other times, responsibilities can become overwhelming. Stay focused and remind yourself why you started your vision. Take a breath and know that you are the one who could make or break your company. This should kick start your confidence and give you the drive to work harder. - Jessica Baker, Aligned Signs

A. Close Your Eyes and Think

2016-08-22-1471875942-9916084-StevenBuchwald.pngI'm actually a big fan of meditation as a means of enhancing productivity. Study a few techniques that you think will work for you, and spend maybe 10 minutes a day practicing them. Then, the next time you feel unmotivated, put those techniques into play, clear your mind, and get to work. - Steven Buchwald, The E2 Visa Lawyer

A. Focus on What You Have

2016-08-22-1471875908-3063172-ClaireLew.pngWhen I feel stuck on something, I ask myself, "What's the most I can do with what I have right now?" It's an incredibly liberating question that acknowledges that the best way to move forward is to operate within your given constraints. Focus on and leverage the resources you have right in front of you. You'll be surprised at how far you get. - Claire Lew, Know Your Company

A. Reflect on How Far You've Come

2016-08-22-1471875873-8738992-AjmalSaleem.pngWhen I feel like giving up, I look at all the adversities and obstacles I have overcome in my life. I also think about my family and what would happen if I did give up. You have nothing to lose but opportunity. The door is open, and it's up to you to walk through it. Work hard to play hard. - Ajmal Saleem, Suprex Learning

A. Take a Moment to Breathe

2016-08-22-1471875820-6785760-ArryYu.pngTimes often get really tough when building a company from scratch. When you feel like giving up, sometimes taking a moment to recenter and allow yourself some mental space is a great way to recharge before trying again. A new idea could come through or the right person might cross your path. - Arry Yu, GiftStarter.com

A. Try One More Time

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I started telling myself, "Just try one more time," years ago. It's how I basically trick myself into giving things another go even when I feel like giving up. I'll stop overthinking an unending endeavor and try it again. If that try fails, I just try one more time. - Bryan Driscoll, Think Big Marketing, LLC

These answers are provided by members of FounderSociety, an invitation-only organization comprised of ambitious startup founders and business owners.