One of the most common and easily remedied barriers to a breakthrough is not seeing lots of options or possibilities. We need to generate diverse ideas and thoughts to find new ways of tackling an old problem or seizing an opportunity that has eluded us.
Here is a great resource for idea generation. Via the Fast Company blog, I found this website with a healthy list of idea generation techniques and approaches. This site also contains many links to get detailed information on each idea generation method. There are dozens of methods listed, here are just a few:
Be the Problem
Change the Setting