I was about ten, and my brother (about a year and a half younger than me) and one of my cousins (a year younger than him) would team up to get me trouble. Most of the time I was innocent – well, that’s what I’m sticking with.

I remember that I got in trouble one time and was grounded to my room for a certain time – it was for two or three hours. I watched my alarm clock tick away the minutes – I knew exactly when my time was up. About 30 minutes before I was released from my jail cell, my mom came and said that she, my brother, and my cousin were leaving to go somewhere. She asked if I wanted to go with them. I adamantly stated that I couldn’t go because my time was not up yet. My mom had to work at convincing me that it was okay for me to end my punishment early and go with them.

I didn’t realize it then, but I am a high ‘C’ on the DISC profile. My “C” must have been really high then, because I was so stuck on the rules that I wouldn’t even break them for myself – even with permission from the warden! I wasn’t always like this. There were plenty of other times that I would try to pass the buck and blame others.

Personal accountability is vital for us to truly be successful in life. It is far too common for people to avoid it and pass the buck to someone else.