"Make A Promise Day" — May 4th

May The Fourth Be With You!

Matthew Cossolotto – Author of HabitForce! and Creator of Make A Promise Day (May 4th) — Interviewed This Morning on the Mancow Muller Radio Show – The 4th Rated Show in the US. HabitForce-Related Topic: Reprogramming Your Brain and Making The Shift from FAILURE Traps to SUCCESS Habits.

I thought the interview went very well.  Mancow was very receptive to the ideas I presented.  I was able to mention the two side-by-side acronyms I created for my book HabitForce!:  FAILURE and SUCCESS.  See graphic below.

During the interview I had time to cover two of the seven habits of FAILURE.  The first one I touched on was the “F” in FAILURE — Finger Pointing, playing the blame game, making excuses.  Mancow picked up on that right away and said we see that a lot in Washington.  At one point he said just about everybody in America engages in Finger Pointing.  I agreed and mentioned that people need to follow the Three Rs to reprogram their brain away from that negative habit.  They need to Recognize, Reject, and Replace finger pointing with Shoulder Responsibility.   That’s a key first step in the personal change process.  Take responsibility for your life and destiny.

Then we talked about another FAILURE habit … what I call Undermining Yourself.  This is the “U” in the FAILURE acronym.  I said people often undermine their own success with negative self-talk, saying things like “I can’t” or “I’m not good at that.”  As soon as you say “I can’t” you don’t have a chance.  Mancow agreed completely.  He said people should get rid of negative thoughts and adopt a positive mindset.  Mancow seems to know about the Law of Attraction and Tony Robbins/NLP.  He said if you find yourself thinking something negative, you should jump up out of your chair, don’t slump over, straighten your back, smile and change your mindset to something positive.  I agreed completely!  He said people who say they will never have a nice house or they will never have lots of money are abosolutely right.  If they say “never” to themselves, that’s exactly what they are going to get.

All in all I thought the interview went quite well.  Mancow mentioned my book and programs related to HabitForce! and he said people can learn more by visiting my website:  www.ThePodiumPro.com.  Many thanks to Mancow for conducting a lively, fast-paced, fun interview with me.  Very much appreciated!

The producer said they will replay my interview a few times during the day and would probably invite me back to talk more about the habits of FAILURE and SUCCESS.  It was a pleasure being a guest on the country’s 4th rated syndicated talk show.  I believe Mancow has something like 11 or 12 million listeners.

To listen to Mancow live, visit the station finder page on his website.  http://www.mancow.com/stationfinder.

If you want to listen to archived interviews, you have to become a subscriber.  Learn more by visiting www.Mancow.com.

Here’s the FAILURE-SUCCESS graphic I mentioned above.  For more information about how to reprogram your HabitForce so it works for you, not against you, order your signed copy of my book HabitForce! today:  Visit www.ThePodiumPro.com.


About Matthew Cossolotto:
Creator of “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th), Matthew Cossolotto (aka “The Podium Pro”) is an author, guest speaker, CEO-level speechwriter, and speech coach. A former aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman Leon Panetta, Matthew also served as a CEO speechwriter at MCI, Pepsi-Cola International, and GTE.  His line-up of leadership communications services includes:

  • Executive Speechwriting
  • One-on-One Speech Coaching
  • Strategic Messaging/Ghostwriting/Media Relations
  • PodiumPower! Keynotes and Workshops

The author of All The World’s A Podium, HabitForce! and The Almanac of European Politics, he’s working on a new book with a foreword by Jack Canfield titled The Power of Making a Promise. Matthew brings his Personal Empowerment Programs — “PEPTalks”– to a wide range of audiences including colleges, nonprofits, associations, agencies, and corporations.

  • The Power of Making a Promise
  • The Joy of Speaking
  • Success Is An Inside Job

Visit http://www.ThePodiumPro.com; http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.com; http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.wordpress.com; Follow Matthew and “Make A Promise Day” on Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/MakeAPromiseDay.  “Standing O” and “Make A Promise Day” greeting cards and other exciting gift items are available for convenient online purchase by visiting Matthew’s Zazzle store: www.Zazzle.com/TheCoz.

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“Make A Promise Day” In The News. From Yorktown Patch — May 4: Official ‘Unofficial’ Make a Promise Day

http://pelham.patch.com/articles/may-4-official-unofficial-make-a-promise-day

May 4: Official ‘Unofficial’ Make a Promise Day

Plemena Pesheva

Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino, Proclaims May 4 to be “Make A Promise Day.” This proclamation follows adoption by the Yorktown Town Board of a similar resolution on Feb. 15, 2011.

May 4 is the official “Make a Promise Day” in Westchester thanks to a Yorktown proclamation.

The town of Yorktown unanimously adopted a resolution on Feb.15 proclaiming May 4, 2011, and each year thereafter, to be “Make a Promise Day,” which encourages people to turn important goals into heartfelt promises, thereby increasing the probability of reaching them.

Matthew Cossolotto, creator of “Make a Promise Day” (May 4 — May The Fourth Be With You!) said it is the “only unofficial ‘holiday’ dedicated to personal empowerment, goal achievement and integrity enhancement.”

“This proclamation by the Westchester County Executive–Robert Astorino– underscores the power and the appeal of this Make A Promise idea,” said Cossolotto, Yorktown resident, author, and guest speaker. “I’m thrilled because it means people here in Westchester and beyond will learn about ‘Make A Promise Day’ and the power of making a promise.”

Astorino said he encourages organizations and individual members of the community to celebrate the day in a manner they deem to be suitable and appropriate.

Cossolotto made a promise to his mother on her deathbed at her home in Gasquet, Cali. that he would finish writing a book he had been discussing with her, get it published, and dedicate it to her memory. And he did. 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. 

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Watch YouTube Video.  Matthew Cossolotto Announces and Reads Make A Promise Day Proclamation

http://pelham.patch.com/articles/may-4-official-unofficial-make-a-promise-day#youtube_video-5888666

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Matthew Cossolotto, Creator of Make A Promise Day and Author of the forthcoming book The Power of Make a Promise (with a foreword by Jack Canfield), conducts What’s Your Promise? interview with attorney Kim Wright about her two-part promise: to transform the legal system and create a world at peace.

Kim Wright www.CuttingEdgeLaw.com

In 2009 Kim was named as one of the American Bar Association’s 50 “Legal Rebels … finding new ways to practice law, represent their clients, adjudicate cases, and train the next generation of lawyers.”

Kim’s “Impossible” Promise.   Part One:  “I promise a legal system transformed by 2010 where lawyers are peacemakers, problem-solvers and healers of conflicts being agents of transformation with their clients;”  Part Two:  “By 2012 I promise a world at peace where all people are realize their interconnectedness and honor conflict as an opportunity for transformation.”

Listen to Matthew’s What’s Your Promise interview with Kim Wright, founder of www.CuttingEdgeLaw.com.

http://www.youtube.com/my_videos_annotate?v=mSZ4WaZT2Cs

Make A Promise Day Background

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: Creator of “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th), Matthew Cossolotto (aka “The Podium Pro”) is an author, guest speaker, CEO-level speechwriter, and speech coach. A former aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman Leon Panetta, Matthew also served as a CEO speechwriter at MCI, Pepsi-Cola International, and GTE. The author of HabitForce! and All The World’s A Podium, he’s working on a new book with a foreword by Jack Canfield about the power of making a promise. Matthew brings his Personal Empowerment Programs — “PEPTalks”– to colleges, associations, and corporations. Visit http://www.ThePodiumPro.com; http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.com; http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.wordpress.com; Follow Matthew and “Make A Promise Day” on Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/MakeAPromiseDay.  “Make A Promise Day” greeting cards and other exciting gift items are available for convenient online purchase by visiting Matthew’s Zazzle store: www.Zazzle.com/TheCoz.

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Matthew Cossolotto, Creator of “Make A Promise Day,” Posts “What’s Your Promise?” Interview with Todd Newton on YouTube

Apr 06, 2011 – Author and guest speaker Matthew Cossolotto, creator of “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th — May The Fourth Be With You!), today announced that he has posted an inspiring 20-minute “What’s Your Promise?” interview with popular TV host Todd Newton.  Release of the interview is part of the countdown to “Make A Promise Day” 2011.

Newton has been the host of E! Entertainment Television’s red carpet coverage of various awards programs including the Academy Awards.  He is also known to millions of television viewers for his work on the Game Show Network, the Travel Network, and CBS.  This past year, Newton has been traveling the world as the host of the Travel Network’s World’s Wildest Game Shows.

During the interview, Newton discussed the life-changing promise he made to his grandmother, Eleanor Kruse (“Nana”), who performed as a comedienne in the St. Louis area during World War II.  After describing his Nana as someone who inspired and encouraged him and as the most important person in his life when he was growing up, Newton recounted the day he went to visit his grandmother in the hospital when she was terminally ill.  Seeing that she was fading fast, he knew this would be the last conversation he would have with her.  So he leaned in close to speak to her and the following words came out spontaneously and from the heart.

“Nana … I promise to always make you proud of me.”

Listen to Todd Newton’s “What’s Your Promise?” interview on YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ECJFj5wx-o

Talking about this promise some 17 years later is still an emotional experience for Newton, who became choked up during the interview.  Later in the interview, Newton said the promise he made to Nana was “the most important thing I have ever done, or said, or ever will commit to in my life.  It literally has changed my life for the better.”

During the lively and moving interview, Newton expressed his strong support for Matthew Cossolotto’s mission to share the power of making a promise with millions of people around the world: “I think what you’re doing is fantastic.  And I can’t thank you enough for reaching out to me and allowing me to be a part of this.  And I look forward to supporting your ‘Make A Promise Day’ in May and being a part of this great campaign as it grows, and grows, and grows.”

Newton is certainly not alone in supporting Cossolotto’s “Make A Promise” project.  The Town Board in Yorktown, New York, unanimously adopted a resolution on February 15, 2011, proclaiming May 4th to be “Make A Promise Day.”  Cossolotto is 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.  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

John Assaraf, best-selling author of Having It All, wrote this about Cossolotto’s “Make A Promise” project:  “I have spoken with Matthew about his project related to The Power of Making a Promise.  He told me about ‘Make A Promise Day‘ and his mission to highlight what he calls those two magic words:  ‘I Promise.’  I agree completely with him that there is something uniquely powerful about making a promise that goes beyond traditional goal-setting… Put simply, Matthew’s project is very promising indeed!”  http://www.JohnAssaraf.com

Author and publisher Rick Frishman wrote this about “Make A Promise Day”:   “Happy ‘Make A Promise Day’ everybody! I really like Matthew’s idea.  The power of making a promise to someone you care about really can change your life.  Great work Matthew … May The Fourth Be With You!”  http://www.RickFrishman.com

During her own “What’s Your Promise?” interview (to be released soon), Gail Lynne Goodwin, founder of http://www.InspireMeToday.com, said this about Cossolotto’s “Make A Promise” mission:  “You’re onto something big here.  Because when we make a promise we put our word on the line and we have to step up for it… I commend you on the word you’re doing.  It’s an inspiration to me.”

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.

In the run-up to “Make A Promise Day” 2011, Cossolotto is asking supporters to spread the word about “Make A Promise Day” to jurisdictions across the U.S. and around the world.  He encourages people to urge appropriate authorities in their town, city, county, state (or province) and country to adopt a “Make A Promise Day” Proclamation similar to the one passed by the Yorktown, New York, Town Board.  See earlier press release (http://prlog.org/11399160) with the proposed text of a resolution that could be adapted and adopted by appropriate authorities in jurisdictions around the world.

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.

Cossolotto invites people around the world to submit short summaries of their moving 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 Todd Newton
Todd Newton is known to audiences worldwide for his work on E!, Gameshow Network and CBS. Newton is also one of the most popular game show hosts today, having awarded over $25,000,000 in cash and prizes on shows such as Whammy!, Hollywood Showdown and The Price Is Right Live at Bally’s Las Vegas. Often referred to as “America’s Life Coach,” Newton is the founder and CEO Todd Newton Life Strategies, LLC, delivering coaching, clinical hypnotherapy and seminars to groups and individuals nationwide who are seeking higher levels of achievement and empowerment.  As a sought after motivational speaker, Todd Newton has inspired thousands with his dynamic “I Want, I Will, I Win!” and “The Choice Is Yours” presentations. For more information please visit http://www.toddnewtonlive.com.

About Matthew Cossolotto

Creator of “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th), Matthew Cossolotto (aka “The Podium Pro”) is an author, guest speaker, CEO-level speechwriter, and speech coach. A former aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman Leon Panetta, Matthew also served as a CEO speechwriter at MCI, Pepsi-Cola International, and GTE. The author of HabitForce! and All The World’s A Podium, he’s working on a new book with a foreword by Jack Canfield about the power of making a promise. Matthew brings his Personal Empowerment Programs — “PEPTalks”– to colleges, associations, and corporations. 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. “Make A Promise Day” greeting cards and other exciting gift items are available for convenient online purchase by visiting Matthew’s Zazzle store: http://www.Zazzle.com/TheCoz.

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Exciting News — Brand New “Make A Promise Day” Greeting Card Now Available — May 4th … May The Fourth Be With You!

May 4th Is Make A Promise Day -- May The Fourth Be With You!

Announcing the brand new Make A Promise Day greeting card.  Now you can send a written promise to a friend or loved one on Make A Promise Day.  Click here to order your special Make A Promise Day greeting cards.

Make A Promise Day Greeting Card from Zazzle.com.

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Author Jin Robertson’s Inspring “What’s Your Promise?” Interview

Check out my inspiring “What’s Your Promise?” interview with author/speaker Jin Robertson.  About 30 minutes.  Jin’s amazing story of promises made and kept is really inspiring!

http://t.co/mFp2MZf via @youtube

About Jin Robertson:

Jin Robertson author of Major Dream: From Immigrant Housemaid to Harvard PhD and host of radio talk show “American Dreams: The Sky Is the Limit” on the Voice America/World Talk Radio.

http://housemaidtoharvard.blogspot.com/

Born and raised in Korea, Dr. Jin Kyu (Suh) Robertson has worked as a factory girl, waitress, housemaid, major in the U.S. Army, and went on to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard. Korea’s most popular inspirational and motivational speaker.

Matthew Cossolotto’s “Make A Promise” Mission: “Dedicated to helping millions of people around the world achieve their goals and reach their peak personal potential by harnessing the power of making promises. Together we can transform the world… one person and one promise at a time.”

Wishing you an abundance of health, happiness, and prosperity …

To Your Promise!

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Article Published About Turning New Year’s Resolutions Into Promises

Making Resolutions That Promise Results

What’s in a word? When it comes to those heartfelt New Year declarations, says one author, it could make all the difference. 

By Tom Bartley | December 30, 2010  

http://yorktown.patch.com/articles/making-resolutions-that-promise-results-2#c

May all your troubles last

as long as your New Year’s resolutions! — Joey Adams

The time has come to turn our back on the final ticks of a spent year and embrace the shiny hope of a new one. We resolve—and earnestly mean—to do better in our 12-month opportunity for renewal. But those New Year’s resolutions, they tell us, simply go in one year and out the other.

So, how can we improve the odds that we’ll live up to them?

Simple, says author Matthew Cossolotto of Yorktown Heights. Don’t make resolutions. Make promises instead.

“The word promise is important,” he insists. Accorded the respect denied resolution and imbued with a backbone that resolution has yet to achieve, your promise represents a “heart-centered commitment” that creates an emotional attachment, especially when made to a loved one. “We grow up knowing that a promise is something special. A promise is something we’re predisposed to take seriously.”

Cossolotto sees little value in making a resolution. “People don’t take it seriously,” he says. “So what’s the point in doing it?”

To underscore his conviction that promises carry a power all their own, Cossolotto is seeking to have May 4 formally proclaimed, “Make a Promise Day.” So far, the onetime aide to congressmen like House Speaker Jim Wright and Rep. Leon Panetta, now director of the Central Intelligence Agency, has received a warm reception from his hometown Yorktown town board. And he’s just beginning. Declaring, “Today, Yorktown; tomorrow, the world,” Cossolotto plans further appeals to higher levels of government. Indeed, given his choice of date for “Make a Promise Day,” Cossolotto may have his sights set even higher than this globe. “May the 4th be with you,” he says.

Cossolotto’s book HabitForce! is a testament, he notes, to a promise’s power. When his mother, Virginia Hope Butler, was dying, he recalls, they were discussing HabitForce!, which at that time was just a manuscript in progress. For many writers, manuscript-in-progress can be shorthand for project-never-completed. But Cossolotto promised he would not only finish the writing but also dedicate the book to her and get it published. “Her face lit up,” he says, recalling his mother’s reaction, smiling through her pain. “‘You do that, Matthew,’ she said. ‘ You do that!’ And I’m proud to say I did. I think she’d be proud, too.” 

Today, Cossolotto is focused on his forthcoming book, The Power of Making a Promise, which he will discuss at the John C. Hart Public Library in Shrub Oak Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. He’s also scheduled to appear at the Mount Kisco Public Library Jan. 15 (11:00 AM) and the Mount Pleasant Public Library in Pleasantville Feb. 5 (10:30 AM).

To make good on your promises, whether of the New Year’s variety or any other, motivational speaker Cossolotto recommends a seven-step program:

1.     Commit emotionally, by making the promise to someone you care about. 

2.     Be specific. Promise to lose 10 pounds, not just “some weight.”

3.     Be selective. Limit promises to the handful of things for which you are willing to put your integrity on the line.

4.     Start small. Tackle a few things you can accomplish rather than risk breaking a promise.

5.     Write it down.

6.     Make it public. Publish your promise on a blog, Twitter or YouTube.

7.     Follow through. Make good on your promise, for yourself as much as for others.

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About Matthew Cossolotto

Creator of “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th), Matthew Cossolotto (aka “The Podium Pro”) is an author, guest speaker, CEO-level speechwriter, and speech coach.  A former aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman Leon Panetta, Matthew also served as a top speechwriter and communications executive at MCI, Pepsi-Cola International, and GTE. The author of The Almanac of European Politics, HabitForce!, and All The World’s A Podium, he’s working on a new book with a foreword by Jack Canfield (co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series) about the power of making a promise. Matthew brings his Personal Empowerment Programs — “PEPTalks”— to colleges, associations, and corporations.  Visit www.ThePodiumPro.com and www.MakeAPromiseDay.com.

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“I Promise To Always Make You Proud of Me.” An Inspiring Holiday Message From Todd Newton

Todd Newton – Popular TV Host, Inspirational Speaker, and Certified Life Coach – Reveals Two Heartfelt Promises That Changed His Life and Encourages Others to Make A Promise Today!

Appearing on “What’s Your Promise?,” Newton tells host Matthew Cossolotto:  “What a great mission you’re on, my friend … I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to be part of this Make-A-Promise campaign.”

Yorktown Heights, NY — December 24, 2010 — In a guest appearance on Matthew Cossolotto’s interview program “What’s Your Promise?,” popular TV host Todd Newton revealed two heartfelt promises that had a profound impact on his life.

Newton has been the host of E! Entertainment Television’s red carpet coverage of  various awards programs including the Academy Awards.  He is also known to millions of television viewers for his work on the Game Show Network, the Travel Network, and CBS.  This year, Newton has been traveling the world as the host of the Travel Network’s World’s Wildest Game Shows.

The first promise Newton discussed in detail was the one he made to his grandmother, Eleanor Kruse (“Nana”), who performed as a comedienne in the St. Louis area during World War II.  After describing his Nana as someone who inspired and encouraged him and as the most important person in his life when he was growing up, Newton recounted the day he went to visit his grandmother in the hospital when she was terminally ill.  He could see that she was fading quickly.  He knew this would be the last conversation he would have with her.  So he leaned in close to speak to her and the following words came out spontaneously and from the heart.

“Nana … I promise to always make you proud of me.”

Talking about this promise some 17 years later is still an emotional experience for Newton, who became choked up during the interview.

Later in the interview, Newton made the following statement about the promise he made to Nana:  “This was the most important thing I have ever done, or said, or ever will commit to in my life.  It literally has changed my life for the better.”

The second promise Newton talked about during the program was made at the time of the birth of his two children.

Newton said he made the following promise to his children:  “I promise I will always be here to guide you and protect you.”

Toward the end of the interview, Newton underscored that these two promises have had the most profound effect on his life.  He said he has tried to live up to both promises every single day.

Until January 22, 2011, listeners can access the entire interview by dialing this telephone playback number (1-218-486-8703) followed by this access code (358649).  There is no charge to listen to the nearly one-hour program but callers must pay for the long distance phone charge.  If you visit http://www.ThePodiumPro.com and sign up for  Matthew Cossolotto’s free “PEPTalks” email updates, you’ll receive excerpts from the interview online in the next few weeks.

About Todd Newton

Todd Newton is known to audiences worldwide for his work on E!, Gameshow Network and CBS. Newton is also one of the most popular game show hosts today, having awarded over $25,000,000 in cash and prizes on shows such as Whammy!, Hollywood Showdown and The Price Is Right Live at Bally’s Las Vegas. Often referred to as “America’s Life Coach,” Newton is the founder and CEO Todd Newton Life Strategies, LLC, delivering coaching, clinical hypnotherapy and seminars to groups and individuals nationwide who are seeking higher levels of achievement and empowerment.  As a sought after motivational speaker, Todd Newton has inspired thousands with his dynamic “I Want, I Will, I Win!” and “The Choice Is Yours” presentations. For more   information please visit http://www.toddnewtonlive.com.

About Matthew Cossolotto Author

Creator of “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th), Matthew Cossolotto (aka “The Podium Pro”) is an author, guest speaker, CEO-level speechwriter, and speech coach. A      former aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman Leon Panetta, Matthew also served as a top speechwriter and communications executive at MCI, Pepsi-Cola International, and GTE. The author of The Almanac of European Politics, HabitForce!, and All The World’s A Podium, he’s working on a new book with a foreword by Jack Canfield about the power of making a promise.Matthew brings his Personal Empowerment Programs — “PEPTalks”— to colleges, associations, and corporations.  Visit http://www.ThePodiumPro.com and http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.com.

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Matthew talks with Brian Tracy about Make A Promise Day

Matthew Cossolotto discusses Make A Promise Day with legendary author Brian Tracy

Here I am with Brian Tracy at a conference in Las Vegas.  We talked about “Make A Promise Day” and the power of making a promise.  I also presented Mr. Tracy with one of my “Standing O” marketing pieces and a signed copy of my book The Real F Word — The 7 FAILURE Traps of Highly Disempowered People (and what to do about them).  I have been a big fan of Mr. Tracy’s for many years so it was a real honor to have a chance to finally meet him.

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Kristi Frank says The Real F Word “is a great book.”

Matthew Cossolotto and Kristi Frank

I’m attending James Malinchak’s Speaking Success Boot Camp out here in Las Vegas.  One of the highlights for me has been having a chance to meet and get to know Kristi Frank from Season #1 of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice.  I spoke with Kristi about my Make A Promise Day initiative and the power of making a promise.  She said she really likes the idea. 

She also gave me a very nice quote about my book — The Real F Word.  As we chatted after her presentation at the conference, Kristi held up a copy of my book and exclaimed approvingly:  “This is a great book!”  Glad you like the book Kristi … and thanks for the nice quote.

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