Weight loss, successful marriages, top tier skill sets, financial stability, and more come via a process. The best thing you can do is to commit to the process. Be consistent. Do what you know is right and keep doing it. You can skip steps, but not without compromising the end result. I wish someone had told me about the value of committing to the process much earlier in life. Your expectations are better tempered when you understand the value of process. Amazingness doesn’t happen overnight. Even God created the world in 6 days when He could have done it in one. If it's worth having, it's worth the process.
Proverbs 17:3 – The crucible is for silver, and the furnace for gold, and the Lord tests the hearts.