Out Of Imposter Syndrome, Into Opportunity

My grandfather used to say, “You can’t go down your back trail.” Sometimes we are tempted to go back through a door we have closed. Even I have wondered on occasion whether leaving a position was the “right” thing for me. I have wondered what might have been. Partly the reason that I held those thoughts was that I wondered whether I could actually rock at my new position. I had imposter syndrome. 

Here is the important thing to remember. When we make a decision to go in a new direction, invest in that decision. Lean in and nurture that new chapter in your book of  stories. As Maya Angelou stated, “Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay.” That is what I coach clients on. Quite often they are wanting more in life, and there is some fear. Instead of always looking back and being stuck there, move forward. 

Several years ago, when I was a new employee at a Bay Area tech company, I was tapped to provide weekly reports to the CEO (as my manager had taken an indefinite leave). This meant that I spoke with him about the status of our biggest product line. While this was an amazing opportunity that I had not anticipated, I also felt a wave of imposter syndrome. Suddenly there were thoughts swirling in my head each morning: Did I know enough? What if he asked questions that I didn’t know? Could I handle this? What if I didn’t make a great impression on him? How would that affect my career trajectory there?

Instead of being sucked into the whirlpool of negativity that can engulf people dealing with imposter syndrome, I chose to define my story. I leaned into this great opportunity. I catalyzed my team into action a month later, creating a tiger team to drive more revenue for this business line to bridge us through the fall for our new product launch.

Whether you are launching a new business or have been a solopreneur for a few years, your mindset and perspective are critical. I love roller coasters. So often that is what life is, especially in 2020. In Aikido, in a great wind you bend and flex like the grass, rather than stand rigid like the oak. How can you be like the grass and refocus energy to propel you forward?


Kimberly Sauceda is a Raddle Verified Coach. I help clients conquer their imposter syndrome. As a certified leadership coach, I can help you amplify your confidence and inner wisdom and quiet your inner critic so that you can grow into fullest potential. My clients rewrite their stories so that they can take their businesses to the next level. I have a breadth of knowledge that I can leverage for your business. For more than 15 years, I was a Marketing and Brand leader at major international consumer package goods brands and top-rated technology companies: Apple, Nestle, Clorox, Logitech, Philips Hue, and Intuit. As a storyteller at heart, I love crafting the stories of these brands and helping them launch game-changing products. I have developed strategic go-to-market plans and crafted creative visions for a variety of products. Kimberly is currently accepting new coaching clients, so if you’re curious about how Kimberly’s skills & talents can help you, visit her website to learn more.

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