The process of decision making involves a number of steps that can simplify the process, if not the decision itself. Identifying the issue at hand is clearly the first step. From there, it is necessary to gather the required information to help figure out what sort of solution would work best. After formulating solutions, you can weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each, until you can finally make your selection and complete the process. Which steps you follow and how you follow them is in part determined by what sort of decision you make. Depending on such factors as the nature of the situation and your own decision-making style, your decision for any given situation may be rational—or it may be based on intuition.