Progress can’t always be measured in ways we would expect, sometimes you progress in an area completely unforeseen and while this may not have been your goal you need to recognize this as progress.  Take for example you are training shoulders with the goal to get big rounded front and rear delts, you get stronger as expected but there is no size increase.  Then one morning you notice that you’ve been sleeping better and your shoulders and neck aren’t so achy when you wake up.  This is progress. Unexpected but progress all the same.

Don’t let your goals overshadow progress, search for the wins in what you do and don’t focus so much on what you consider losses, you could very well have gained something far better. Something that you simply were not allowing yourself to see.