Once you see the situation for what it truly is, you can begin to plan your way out of it.
It's all about red tape and boring administrative tasks. Paperwork and long queues seem to be the order of the day. Just when you thought it was safe to move ahead two steps, there's yet another form to fill in and yet another queue to join. Make sure you plan ahead and take everything that you need to get the job done.
If you don't get that promotion, or you find yourself in a situation where you don't get what you want, don't hold on to the anguish for too long. Grieve briefly and move on quickly.