A more original idea than the categorical imperative is the idea of
directed morality or directed ethics.

There are numerous approaches. One of them is the strategy of
reaching things which cannot be questioned. Another is reaching
things which create consistent results of some kind.

It is like a causal form of Kant's non-causal ethics. I call it merely
directionality. It is a strategy that dates to Aristotle's concept of
moderation, or perhaps Buddha's concept of temperance.

The realization is at least the idea that 'good habits are oft
rewarded' but it is also mixed with a sense of self-sufficiency and
internal mental structure.

The ethical life becomes the keystone for many other beneficial
things, such as employment, happiness, or metaphysical privilege.
Continuing the ethical path becomes the means to buy into the set
of privileges without feeling desperate or naive.

In short, the ethical life becomes the good life when the person,
directed by himself or others, has directionality.