"Make A Promise Day" — May 4th

May The Fourth Be With You!

Countdown to Make A Promise Day: Matthew Cossolotto, creator of Make A Promise Day, Launches Make A Promise Network on Facebook

Apr 04, 2011 – Matthew Cossolotto, creator of Make A Promise Day (May 4th) and author of a forthcoming book about the power of making a promise, today announced the launch of “Make A Promise Network” on Facebook.  Search for “Make A Promise Network” on Facebook or follow this link:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Make-A-Promise-Network/183 ….

As described by Cossolotto, a former aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman (now CIA Director) Leon Panetta, the “Make A Promise Network” will bring people together from around the world who believe in the power of promises and who want to share personal stories about promises made and promises kept in their own lives.

Cossolotto invites people around the world to post their moving true stories of promises made and promises kept on the Make A Promise Network page.  They can also email short summaries of their promises stories Directly to Cossolotto for possible inclusion in forthcoming books, presentations, and interviews.  Send a few sentences describing your promise to:  Matthew.Promises@Gmail.com.

Cossolotto is also making a lineup of unique and memorable gift items available via the Network.  These are gifts that people can enjoy all year but have special meaning leading up to “Make A Promise Day” itself.  For instance, there are two versions of a new Make A Promise Day greeting card.  One includes a simple “I Promise” form that allows the sender to make a special written promise to the recipient.  The other greeting card is blank on the inside so the sender has the option to make a specific promise or simply extend a more general greeting on Make A Promise Day.  Other gift items include Make A Promise Day coffee mugs and t-shirts.

All “Make A Promise Day” gifts can be purchased online via Matthew Cossolotto’s Zazzle.com store.  Visit http://www.Zazzle.com/TheCoz and search among the various Make A Promise Day items.

With his “A Promise A Day” ePub (available online by visiting http://www.ThePodiumPro.com), Cossolotto provides 30 personal empowerment promises for people to consider, including his “Top Ten Promises for a SUCCESSFUL Life” and twelve promises first penned by Christian Larson and published as the Optimist Creed.

Here’s a short video of Cossolotto announcing the publication of “A Promise A Day.”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXEeMIlRTb4

The Make A Promise Network also actively supports the creation of “Make A Promise Day” on May 4th every year — the only unofficial “holiday” dedicated to personal empowerment, goal-achievement, and integrity enhancement.  Cossolotto said he hoped members of the Network would encourage governmental leaders around the world (towns, cities, counties, provinces, states, and countries) to adopt “Make A Promise Day” proclamations similar to the resolution adopted by the Yorktown, New York, Town Board on February 15, 2011.
Here is the proposed text of a resolution that could be adapted and adopted by appropriate authorities in jurisdictions around the world:

DRAFT “MAKE A PROMISE DAY” PROCLAMATION

Whereas, the Town Board of Yorktown, New York, unanimously adopted a resolution on February 15, 2011, proclaiming May 4th of 2011 and each year thereafter to be Make A Promise Day;

Whereas, Make a Promise Day is the only unofficial “holiday” dedicated to personal empowerment, goal achievement and integrity enhancement;

Whereas, Make A Promise Day encourages individuals to turn important goals into heartfelt promises thereby increasing the probability of reaching those goals;

Whereas, celebrating Make A Promise Day will have the effect of enhancing accountability, personal responsibility and integrity;

Whereas, the (INSERT JURISDICTION/OFFICE) recognizes the value of highlighting the power of making and keeping promises on the part of local students, teachers, community organizations, businesses and political leaders;

Now therefore be it resolved, that the (INSERT JURISDICTION/OFFICE) hereby designates and proclaims May 4th of 2011 and each year thereafter to be “Make A Promise Day” and encourages organizations and individual members of the community to celebrate “Make A Promise Day” in a manner they deem to be suitable and appropriate.

Cossolotto knows about the power of making a promise from personal experience.  He made a promise to his mother on her deathbed that he would finish writing a book he had been discussing with her, get it published, and dedicate it to her memory. The resulting book, complete with Cossolotto’s dedication to his mother, is HabitForce! How to Kick the Habits of FAILURE and Adopt the Habits of SUCCESS.  Signed copies of HabitForce! are available by visiting http://wwwThePodiumPro.com.

To underscore the power of making a promise, Cossolotto cites several high-profile examples:
•   Oprah Winfrey made a promise to Nelson Mandela that she would build a school for girls in South Africa.
•   Nancy Brinker, author of Promise Me and founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, promised her sister and breast cancer victim Suzy that she would help find a cure.
•   Before his daughter’s wedding, former president Bill Clinton made a promise to Chelsea that he would watch his diet and take care of his health.
•   NBC’s Al Roker made a promise to his dying father that he would deal with his weight issues.
•   Kody Bateman, CEO of Send Out Cards, made a promise to his departed brother (and himself) that he would act on his promptings and find a way to help others do the same.  He founded Send Out Cards as a result of this heartfelt promise.
•   Kirk Smalley made a promise do everything he could to stop bullying after his 11-year-old stepson, Ty Field, committed suicide because he was being bullied at school.

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About Matthew Cossolotto (aka “The Podium Pro”). A former aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman (now CIA Director) Leon Panetta, Matthew Cossolotto served as a CEO-level speechwriter and communications executive at MCI, Pepsi-Cola International, and GTE. The author of several books including The Almanac of European Politics, All The World’s A Podium, and HabitForce! Matthew offers a range of executive communication services and guest speaking programs. Please visit http://www.ThePodiumPro.com; http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.wordpress.com; http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.com. Follow Matthew and “Make A Promise Day” on Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/MakeAPromiseDay.

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Countdown to Make A Promise Day (May 4th) — Matthew Cossolotto Publishes “A Good Pep Talk” Article In April Personal Excellence Magazine

http://prlog.org/11414379

Apr 02, 2011 – Matthew Cossolotto, author of HabitForce! and creator of “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th — May The Fourth Be With You!), has published an article in the April issue of Personal Excellence magazine (http://www.LeaderExcel.com) titled “A Good Pep Talk.”  In the article, Cossolotto highlights this key personal empowerment idea:  The most powerful motivational speech in the world is what you say to yourself, not just once in awhile but on a regular, habitual basis.

In the article, Cossolotto cites Earl Nightingale’s observation in The Strangest Secret: “We become what we think about.”  Then Cossolotto writes:

“This profound truth has been recognized for ages.  Buddha said, ‘All that we are is the result of what we have thought.  The mind is everything.  What we think we become.’  The same idea can be found in the Bible: ‘As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he’ (Proverbs 23.7).”

Publication of Cossolotto’s “pep talk” article coincides with the release of his new ePub titled “A Promise A Day — 30 Days to a Promising Future.”  News of this ePub is one of several announcements being made in the run-up to “Make A Promise Day” on May 4th.

Cossolotto, a former aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman (now CIA Director) Leon Panetta, referred to his brand new ePub as a daily “Promise Dairy” that contains 30 Personal Empowerment Promises – or PEPs. Because of that acronym, Cossolotto says there’s “a PEP talk in every promise.”

Thus his article and his new ePub both emphasize the importance of giving ourselves “pep talks” in the form of positive affirmations and even personal empowerment promises.

“I’m delighted that Personal Excellence magazine decided to publish my ‘pep talk’ article this month,” Cossolotto said.  “The timing is perfect.  It fits in well with the series of announcements I have planned in April and early May leading up to the second annual “Make A Promise Day” on May 4th.  I hope everyone will visit the Personal Excellence website (http://www.LeaderExcel.com.) and get their hands on the April issue.”

With his “A Promise A Day” ePub (available online by visiting http://www.ThePodiumPro.com), Cossolotto provides 30 personal empowerment promises for people to consider, including his “Top Ten Promises for a SUCCESSFUL Life” and twelve promises first penned by Christian Larson and published as the Optimist Creed.

Here’s a short video of Cossolotto announcing the publication of “A Promise A Day.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXEeMIlRTb4

Cossolotto knows about the power of making a promise from personal experience. He made a promise to his mother on her deathbed that he would finish writing a book he had been discussing with her, get it published, and dedicate it to her memory. The resulting book, complete with Cossolotto’s dedication to his mother, is HabitForce! How to Kick the Habits of FAILURE and Adopt the Habits of SUCCESS.

Motivated by that firsthand experience, Cossolotto launched the first annual “Make A Promise Day” last May 4th as part of his ongoing mission to share the power of making a promise with millions of people around the world. He’s writing a book about the power of making a promise with a foreword by Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. The book includes stories about people who have made and kept important promises in their lives.

Here is a brief excerpt from Jack Canfield’s foreword to Cossolotto’s forthcoming book:

When Matthew first told me about the heartfelt promise he made to his mother and that he was launching a special day called “Make A Promise Day” on May 4th, I was hooked. You could say he had me at “I promise.”… Contributing the foreword to this book and being associated with Matthew’s inspiring “Make-A-Promise” project is totally aligned with my life’s purpose. http://www.JackCanfield.com

On February 15, 2011, the Yorktown, NY, town board became the first jurisdiction to adopt a resolution proclaiming May 4th to be “Make A Promise Day.” (See press release for details: http://prlog.org/11305930.)

To underscore the power of making a promise, Cossolotto cites several high-profile examples:

• Oprah Winfrey made a promise to Nelson Mandela that she would build a school for girls in South Africa.

• Nancy Brinker, author of Promise Me and founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, promised her sister and breast cancer victim Suzy that she would help find a cure.

• Before his daughter’s wedding, former president Bill Clinton made a promise to Chelsea that he would watch his diet and take care of his health.

Cossolotto invites people around the world to submit short summaries of their uplifting true stories of promises made and promises kept for possible inclusion in forthcoming books, presentations, and interviews. Send a few sentences describing your promise to: Matthew.Promises@Gmail.com.
About Matthew Cossolotto (aka “The Podium Pro”). A former aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman (now CIA Director) Leon Panetta, Matthew Cossolotto served as a CEO-level speechwriter and communications executive at MCI, Pepsi-Cola International, and GTE. The author of several books including The Almanac of European Politics, All The World’s A Podium, and HabitForce! Matthew offers a range of executive communication services and guest speaking programs. Please visit http://www.ThePodiumPro.com;  http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.wordpress.com;  http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.com.  Follow Matthew and “Make A Promise Day” on Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/MakeAPromiseDay.

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