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You can make a difference in a flash

A masked runner crosses the finish line in first place during the 5K Race for Respect at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., April 29, 2016. Members of Team Whiteman are encouraged to act like superheroes by choosing to step up, stand up and speak up. (Courtesy photo)

A masked runner crosses the finish line in first place during the 5K Race for Respect at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., April 29, 2016. Members of Team Whiteman are encouraged to act like superheroes by choosing to step up, stand up and speak up. (Courtesy photo)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- It only takes a moment to make a difference: one choice to step up, one choice to stand up, and one choice to speak up.

This man's identity may be known by some, but to most, the man behind the mask is a mystery. No one knew he was going to show up at the 5K Race for Respect. He was the winner of the race with an impressive time of 17:33. But, who is he?

The thing about a superhero is that, while sometimes they are in the forefront standing up against the injustices of the world, there are times when their intervention takes place in unlikely places, in uncommon ways, and without pomp and fanfare.

Each member of Team Whiteman has within them the potential to be a superhero in someone's life. When we choose to uphold the legacy of integrity, sacrifice and excellence, we are setting ourselves up for superhero status. When we exercise integrity by upholding a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination and disrespect, and we champion a workplace that promotes excellence in character, then we are one step closer to winning the battle to eradicate sexual assault in the U.S. Air Force.

It was impressive to watch the Flash come across that finish line in record time. How did he do it? He did it by redeeming every opportunity to excel. He purposed with every step to put his best foot forward and to give it all he had.

You and I can make a difference every day of our lives in and out of the workplace simply by upholding our core values and making every step of the race that is life count. If you will purpose in your heart that this going to be your manner of life, you may unknowingly become a superhero to someone. They may never know your name, but you can make a lasting impact in their life by making that one choice to step up, stand up and speak up when you can, where you can. You can make a difference...in a flash.