Sure, you can take shortcuts. And you can even see some quick progress from them.
But shortcuts are short-term fixes, and soon you’ll be right back where you started.
You see, shortcuts don’t build the foundational habits you need to make permanent (or as permanent as possible) changes.
Indeed, a house built right on a solid foundation will stand for centuries. A house built on a shoddy foundation using shortcuts will stand for just a few years, if that.
So take your time, do it right, and focus on building a solid foundation that will set you up for long-term success.