Ever been in that position where an opportunity is given and then taken away just as quickly?
You are surprised to be included, puffing up with pride at the thought of the involvement you will have in this project, perhaps even as the lead....and what happens? The opportunity dissolves right before your eyes for any multitude of reasons - lack of funding, change in priorities, a more seasoned employee is on the team.
What do you do?
...find a way to duplicate the opportunity
....run through it as if you were still in motion so that you can test out your planning and organizational skills
...discuss and see if it can be modified to a smaller version or a test/pilot - this will show your initiative along with your flexibility
...always say thank you for the opportunity and consideration - both mean a lot.