Have you been passed up for a promotion? It certainly doesn't feel good to learn that you have been passed up for a job that you were sure you were ready for. However, the way you deal with being passed over is going to go a long way toward getting another shot at the job sometime down the line. Also, you learn as much from not getting a promotion as you do when you get the new job, so keep a positive attitude.
Hopefully your employer will provide some sort of feedback as to why you weren't given the job. Maybe you were just too inexperienced, didn't interview well or just didn't fit with the job description. The key here is to listen to the feedback that you are given and just take it all in. The best thing you can do is to learn from this experience and take strides to be ready for the promotion in the future.
Sometimes not getting a job can be a blessing in disguise. Maybe you weren't cut out to be working in the field that you are in right now. Maybe you didn't want to do the job anyway and were just going for the promotion to please your boss or your wife. Getting a promotion that isn't going to help your career isn't going to help you in the long run.
If this was a job that you really wanted, you are going to be shown what you are made of. Adversity always shows us what we are made of as professionals. When you don't get what you want, it forces you to reevaluate your goals and ask yourself if you really want the job, and what you will do to get it. It can be a great wake up call that says you aren't as great as you think you are, and maybe a new commitment needs to be made.
There are times where not getting a promotion isn't your fault. Your employer could decide that you are simply better off in the position that you currently hold. This is a good thing because it shows that your employer values your service and what you bring to the table. Instead of moping about not getting a promotion, this could be a good time to ask for a raise that compensates you for your value to the company.
Job promotions are given or denied for a variety of reasons. Your attitude will go a long way toward determining what kind of opportunity you get in the future, and how your employer views you in the future. It can also be a blessing that shows you that maybe you aren't fit for your current line of work and maybe it is time to look at something else.