Below is a mechanism that can somewhat reliably solve < 50% of all tough or seemingly intractable problems.
I learned this very simple tool during a CFAR workshop, and like to help proliferate it. It works as follows:
GRAB A PEN AND PAPER.
WRITE POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS TO YOUR PROBLEM FOR 5 MINS.
ENJOY YOUR NOW MORE-LIKELY-THAN-NOT SOLVED PROBLEM.
Think About Solutions!