I have an analogy . . .
You cannot pour champagne in a mud filled glass. At best you will either have sweet tasting mud or dirty champagne-neither of which is a desired outcome.
But...if you are willing to do the work to first empty and clean your glass it will be worth the work invested as when you replace the champagne it will be far sweeter than you could ever imagine.
YOU....are the glass
Life is your champagne.