You can learn a new skill, today, for free. You can take on a new task at work, right now, without asking anyone. You can make a connection, find a flaw, contribute an insight, now. Or not. In a fluid system, when people are moving forward, others are falling behind. The question, then, isn't, "when am I going to get promoted?" No, I think the question is, "will I grab these openings to become someone who's already doing work at a higher level?" Act 'as if'. If the people around you don't figure out what an asset you've become, someone else will.