My five tips for making an impact

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Julie Foudy: "Leadership isn't a matter of chance, it's a matter of choice."

How often do we hear it in life ...

"You can do this. You can make a difference."

But no one ever tells us how.

How do I overcome the doubt, that fear of failure? How in the world do I know if I can even do this?

My Power Talk session at the espnW Women + Sports Summit (which, coincidentally, made me feel quite powerful) was about Getting Comfortable in Uncomfortable, and helping others unearth that potential to indeed Make an Impact.

So, here they are ... my five tips on Making an Impact in your community:

1. Leadership is personal, not positional. You don't have to be a CEO or president or superstar in life to lead. You don't need a title. You don't need a degree in business organization or be trained in the finer arts of persuasion. You just need to believe you can lead. So start there. Start believing. Because you can.

2. Redefine leadership from the narrow definition to the broad one. From needing a horse, sword, tall hat and title, to having passion, perspective and purpose. There is no arrow with flashing lights hovering over a person's head, blinking "LEADER?", even in Vegas.

3. Deciding to take that step toward Making an Impact is not an easy first step, but if you can find what resonates with you, if you can find your passion, then you are much more willing to embrace the uncomfortable. What do you care deeply about?

4. Get perspective. Do your homework. Find your voice. Be authentic. And then dive in with purpose.

5. If in doubt, do small acts. Do something versus nothing. If you don't think a small act can make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in the room.

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