2. Gather data
Data is your most valuable ally during the decision-making process. To be clear, this means facts, figures, and statistics; quantifiable behaviors, not thoughts and feelings. Too frequently, people mistake their feelings or thoughts for facts. Thoughts and feelings will change with time and are dependent on the situation. Sometimes, the facts are all you need to make a big decision, so avoid adding extraneous information that only confuses your process. Lists and charts are great ways to organize and access the data that you have gathered.