I was in a meeting on Friday when a consultant said something condescending to me. I normally would've had a quip ready for him but I was caught completely off guard so instead, I just ignored it. That probably was the best reaction, but much to my dismay, I felt my energy slowly vanish. I struggled to keep my cool and remain in control for the rest of the meeting but by the end, I felt like a deflated balloon.
I was mad at myself for asking him a question, and giving him the power to put me down. And I was also mad at myself for letting it get to me. I really should've just asked Google or Siri, maybe Alexa, heck even Bing. But the truth is you just can never predict how people will act or what situations you'll run into. Whats more important is how we react to it.
Time and time again, your confidence will be challenged whether by some classless guy in a meeting, or by a situation that insists on going wrong and sometimes even by the people you love. And it's up to you to either let the scuff marks accumulate till your confidence is all worn out or to use it as an opportunity to wipe the scuff off, polish your confidence and keep standing tall.
For the Lord will be your confidence, firm and strong, And will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.