Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly, and try another. But by all means, try something.
Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won't come in.
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.