Happy New Tears!
"Request Feedback From Your Manager"
You may want to let a little time pass after the rejection. You'll need time to let your wounds heal and management will need time to finish the high-fiving that will be going on in the executive sauna. The hope is that, eventually, "you'll get actionable insight."
This actually could happen. When the dust settles, your manager may explain how everyone in the company pretty much hates your guts and would love to see you fired, except it's so much more fun to watch you suffer.
This is useful information, since it means you won't have to waste any time and energy trying to prove you should be promoted. It also means that you won't have to waste any more time and energy trying to get your work done.
The cosmos has spoken. Now you know there's no sense in trying to rock or right the boat. As miserable as it is, your current position is exactly where you are supposed to be in the universe.
But don't stop asking for promotions. As long as it annoys management, it's well worth doing.
Bob Goldman was an advertising executive at a Fortune 500 company, but he finally wised up and opened Bob Goldman Financial Planning in Sausalito, California. He now works out of Bellingham, Washington. He offers a virtual shoulder to cry on at firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about Bob Goldman, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at creators.com.