Former educator Perlivan Wilkin has encouraged members of the Royal St .Christopher and Nevis Police force Nevis Division to strive for success in their life and in policing,while using failures as a springboard to future success.
Wilkin gave the featured remarks Wednesday (January 3) at the annual New Year Celebration Service of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force at the Charlestown Police Station’s Recreational Room .
In attendance was the Premier of Nevis Hon Mark Brantley, Commissioner of Police Ian Queely, Deputy Commissioner of Police Hilroy Brandy and other members of the police force.
Wilkin told the officers that the community needs to see a successful police force, one that they can trust.
“Everyone knows what success means. For some it will be a job for others it may be reward and recognition. The Oxford Dictionary defines success as ‘The accomplishment of an aim or purpose…the attainment of fame, wealth, or social status. A person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains fame, wealth, etc. ’What is your purpose in life?” he asked.
Continuing Wilkin said that if they wanted to be successful in life they would need to discover a sense of purpose and set achievable goals.
“Makes no sense setting goals you know you won’t achieve. It will frustrate yourself and put yourself under pressure. The setting of quality personal, career goals will help to positively shape your life for better. But you have to be prepared to work hard to sacrifice, invest time and to be persistent in order to obtain desired results,” he said.
He said that one will only become as successful and as good as the goals they have set for themselves.
“If you are to experience genuine success in life you have to embrace integrity. To many persons they work hard on their image or how they look. But leave their integrity undone. You must always remember, your image is what you think you are but your integrity is who you are as a person,” he said .
He urged officers to develop self-confidence , self-esteem, and self-worth. “You must stand up for values and ethics in your daily life , you must learn to pray, meditate and ask god to give you strength to accept, endure and triumph over hardship.”
Wilkin said that failure is not a reason to stop trying as failure provides another opportunity to enjoy success. “So see failure as an opportunity to succeed”
“There may be occasional failures but please remember the police is not finished when he experiences minor defeat. He is only finished when he quits. Failure does not mean you will never make it, it simply means it will only take a little bit longer to achieve you goals. Stay on course you are disdain for success,” he said.
Also speaking briefly at the ceremony was Premier Mark Brantley. He pledged the Governments commitment to the police that we will be a genuine partner.
“We will ensure that we make things as comfortable as we can for you but we also ask that you give us the necessary effort that is required to ensure that St. Kitts and Nevis remains one of the safest places to live and work and to do business,” he said.