"Make A Promise Day" — May 4th

May The Fourth Be With You!

Countdown To Make A Promise Day (May 4th) … Author and Speaker Stefania Lucchetti Shares The Promise She Made to Her Grandmother During What’s Your Promise? Interview with Matthew Cossolotto

Stefania Lucchetti talks about her promise to her grandmother

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 “What’s Your Promise?” interview with leadership expert Stefania Lucchetti.  Release of the interview is part of the countdown to “Make A Promise Day” 2011.

Lucchetti is an internationally renowned expert on leadership, productivity and making ideas happen.  Her first book The Principle of Relevance has been defined “the message of the times.”  She regularly speaks for Fortune 500 companies and teaches courses on leadership and entrepreneurship.

During the interview, Lucchetti discussed the heartfelt promise she made to her grandmother.  After Lucchetti became a lawyer, her grandmother asked her not to forget that her real passions in life were to be a writer and a performer.  So Lucchetti promised her grandmother that she would pursue these two passions.

During the interview, Lucchetti expressed support for Make A Promise mission:  “This make a promise philosophy really resonates with me.  The promise I made to my grandmother was always there and I knew she would be happy that I kept my promise to her.”

Listen to the short interview (approximately 18 minutes) on YouTube:  http://youtu.be/mHeajeyyJTg.

Lucchetti 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!

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.

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 Stefania Lucchetti

Stefania Lucchetti is an internationally renowned expert on leadership, productivity and making ideas happenHer first book The Principle of Relevance has been defined “the message of the times.”  Stefania regularly speaks for Fortune 500 companies and teaches courses on leadership and entrepreneurship.  She is the founder of the Women Leadership Project: a venture aimed at guiding women to become empowered, awakened, leaders.  Stefania is also Education Chair of Women in Finance Asia (WiFA).  She is also a blogger on Technorati and the Huffington Post and is a member of the Information Overload Research Group (IORG).  Stefania is an accredited mediator with the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center and a Coach U graduate.  Stefania is also an attorney, qualified in 3 jurisdictions: she has been practicing corporate law for over 10 years in Europe and Asia focusing on the telecoms, IT, media and internet industries. She assisted internet pioneers such as Altavista and Yahoo in the early days of their foray into Europe.  Stefania also works individually with clients who want to achieve their maximum potential through personal growth.  Visit http://www.stefanialucchetti.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: www.Zazzle.com/TheCoz.

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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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“In our family, we don’t break promises,” Says Meiying’s Father in The Karate Kid (2010)

 

 Matthew Cossolotto, Creator of “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th) and Former Aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman Leon Panetta, Cites Promises Made in The Karate Kid in Announcing His New eBook and Keynote Presentation Titled – “The Power of Making a Promise: Make a Promise. Keep Your Word. Change Your Life”

New York—July 13, 2010—Pointing out that the hit movie The Karate Kid (2010) underscores the life-changing power of making a promise, “Make a Promise Day” creator Matthew Cossolotto announced the launch of his new ebook and keynote presentation both titled: “The Power of Making a Promise: Make A Promise. Keep Your Word. Change Your Life.”

In the 2010 The Karate Kid remake, the young central characters, Dre and Meiying, exchange heartfelt promises. Dre promises to attend Meiying’s audition and Meiying promises to be there when Dre competes in the big Kung Fu tournament. But Meiying’s father disapproves of his daughter’s friendship with Dre and forbids her to see him again. The father later relents after learning about Meiying’s promise to Dre. “In our family, we don’t break promises,” explains the father.

“That’s a great example of the power of making a promise,” comments Cossolotto. “A promise injects an unstoppable emotional commitment that compels promise makers to follow through, to keep their word. What Meiying’s father says about his family — they don’t break promises — should apply to a compnay, a government agency, a nonprofit, as well as individuals.  Your integrity is on the line with a promise. Failure is not an option. So I strongly encourage people to take advantage of this power by turning goals into promises. A promise is like a goal on steriods. It’s a powerful way to get unstuck, to break free from disempowering habits and mindsets and jumpstart your personal change journey. That’s what ‘Make A Promise Day’ and The Power of Making a Promise are all about.”

Cossolotto knows all about the irresistible power of making a promise. He made a promise to his dying mother (Virginia Hope Butler) 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 is The Real F Word: The 7 FAILURE Traps of Highly Disempowered People (and what to do about them). The Power of Making a Promise ebook and signed copies of The Real F Word are both available via www.TheEmpowermentPro.com.   His article – “The Power of a Promise” – was published in Personal Excellence magazine (June 2010).

Cossolotto’s positive message is catching on. He’s been interviewed on numerous programs recently including: Norm Lapalme’s “Million Dollar Idea Show,” Doug Stephan’s “Good Day,” Rick Barber’s “After Midnight,” Gus Lloyd’s “Seize The Day,” Nora Klaver’s “Brainstorms,” Bill Horan’s “Secrets of Success,” Jack Ebling (WLIS-AM), and Kellie Fuller (KVON-AM), among many others. Cossolotto is scheduled to appear on Bruce Owens’ “Good Morning Hudson Valley” on July 20, 2010, and on “Read My Lips Live!” with Bonnie D. Graham on August 9, 2010.

More About Matthew Cossolotto

A former congressional aide and CEO-level speechwriter and communications executive at MCI, Pepsi-Cola International, and GTE, Matthew is an author, guest speaker, speech coach and executive speechwriter. Please visit www.TheEmpowermentPro.com, www.ThePodiumPro.com, and www.PEPTalksUSA.com.

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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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“Standing O” Experts to help you reach your goals and keep your promises!

I’m excited about compiling and posting a list of experts on the Make A Promise Day website.  I refer to this list as my “Standing O” list of experts who can help others find their passion, reach their goals, and keep their promises.  Here’s the list of experts currently featured on the website, complete with photos, brief descritions and website links.  For immediate access, here’s the exact page on the website:  http://www.makeapromiseday.com/May4Launch:

Ken Brown, Les Brown, Brendon Burchard, Jack Canfield, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Roslyn Franken, Rick Frishman, Rich German, Lee Glickstein, Mark Victor Hansen, Steve Harrison, Paul Hoffman, Gay Hendricks, Peggy McColl, Norm Lapalme, Brian Proctor, David Riklan, Tony Robbins, Ken Shelton, Lou Tice, Granville Toogood, and Brian Tracy.  This list of feature experts is sure to grow over time.  If you have suggestions for additional expert resources, please let me know.

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HabitForce! “The User’s Guide for Your Personal Operating System”

Signed copies available by visiting www.ThePodiumPro.com.   The book is a great resource to help you reach your goals and keep your promises!   Tell your friends.  Makes a great gift.  Helps you start off the New Year with the right frame of mind.  Personal empowerment is the gift that keeps on giving … for a lifetime. 

HabitForce! by Matthew Cossolotto

“This truly is personal change you can believe in!
Ken Shelton, Publisher/Editor
Leadership Excellence
www.LeaderExcel.com

 
“Matthew shows readers how to not only survive failure but thrive by replacing FAILURE habits with their  SUCCESS counterparts.  If you believe that success — not failure — is your destiny, this book is a must read.” 

Peggy McColl

New York Times Best-Selling Author, Your Destiny Switch

www.destinies.com

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Power of a Promise — Make one today to your mother.

 

The article below was published in the May issue of Personal Excellence Magazine.  Visit www.LeaderExcel.com for more info about subscribing to Personal Excellence and Leadership Excellence.  Hope you enjoy my article.  Visit  www.MakeAPromiseDay.com for more information about Make A Promise Day and The Power of Making a Promise.  Many thanks to Ken Shelton and the team at Personal Excellence for running my article this month. 

Power of a Promise

Make one today to your mother.

By Matthew Cossolotto

Some years ago, when I was thinking about writing a book about the habits of failure and success, I spoke about my ideas with my mother, Virginia Hope Butler, a talented writer. I enjoyed kicking creative ideas around with her. I would explain the concepts and how I thought this book would provide a powerful guide for people who felt stuck, disempowered, and unable to make positive changes.  She encouraged me to complete the book. 

 Although I spent much time talking about the book, I never finished. After my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer, became terminally ill, and had only weeks to live, I promised her that I’d finish the book, get it published, and dedicate it to her.

We both fought back tears. We both knew that she would not live long enough to see the book published. But I could see in her eyes that dedicating the book to her memory meant a great deal to her. She smiled brightly when I made that promise, despite the pain she was experiencing, and said: “You do that, Matthew!”

Promises to Keep

I credit that promise for motivating me to finish the book and get it published with this dedication: 

In loving memory of my mother, Virginia Hope (Ludascher) Butler

I did it, Mom!  Finally.  I can honestly say that this book would never have been completed had I not made that promise to you at home in Gasquet, California, a few weeks before you passed away. This vividly demonstrates the power of making a promise, especially to your mother!

Turn your goals into promises.  When you make a promise—especially to your mother—failure is not an option.  Making a promise means you have some skin in the game.  Your integrity is on the line.  It’s more difficult to turn your back on a promise made to someone you care about than it is to ignore a vague goal or a half-hearted resolution.

 To ensure you meet a particular goal—whether it’s to quit smoking, lose weight, stop drinking, or write that book—do yourself a big favor.  Turn that goal into a promise.  Making a promise keeps you on track.  You’ll remind yourself that failure is not an option.  You must follow through and get it done because you know in your heart that if you don’t you will disappoint somebody who means a great deal to you.

After making and keeping a few promises, you’ll strengthen your achievement muscles.  You’ll start to close the gap between your performance and your potential.  You’ll enhance your confidence about your ability to set goals and reach them.

Ya Promise?

When I was a kid, I remember telling friends that I would do something—perhaps play baseball on Saturday or go to the movies or pay back the 50 cents I borrowed. That’s when I’d get asked:  Ya promise? And I’d ask the same question when a friend made a commitment to me.  Ya promise? 

It’s a powerful question that makes you stop and think before you answer.  Kids know that instinctively. Sometimes we’d underscore the seriousness of the promise with the familiar rhyme:  “Cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye.”  That’s when the promise really had some teeth.

As adults, we seldom ask somebody to promise to do something.  And we rarely volunteer a promise. We should bring back the power of making a promise. 

Inspired by the empowering experience of making that promise to my mother, I am spreading the word about the power of making a promise.  With the launch of Make A Promise Day, I encourage you to pick any day that has special meaning—Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, a birthday, Valentine’s Day, or wedding anniversary—and use that day to translate a specific goal into a heartfelt promise to someone you care about. 

I offer five keys to help you make and keep your promises: 1) be specific—turn concrete goals into heartfelt promises; 2) commit emotionally—make a promise to someone you really care about; 3) be selective—pick just one or two important goals; 4) start small—get started by identifying and reaching a couple of small, quickly accomplished goals to build your “achievement” muscles and boost your goal-reaching confidence; and 5) follow through—to reinforce your promise, make it public and put it in writing to put your integrity on the line.  

Make a Promise Day is a personal empowerment day dedicated to setting and reaching goals. Make a promise to your mother.  Instead of making a vague wish, make a self-improvement promise—and follow through. Then, you, along with poet Robert Frost, can say, “I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.” PE

Matthew Cossolotto is author of The Real F Word: The 7 Failure Traps of Highly Disempowered People (and what to do about them) (Morgan James Publishing). Visit www.MakeAPromiseDay.com, www.PEPTalksUSA.com, and www.Ovations.com.

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Should Tiger Woods Make A Promise to His Mother on Mother’s Day?

Maybe it’s none of my business, but I can’t help thinking that maybe … just maybe … Tiger Woods should consider making a promise to his mother today.  I don’t want to tell Tiger exactly what he should promise, but it should be very specific and very direct.  He should make a promise that puts his integrity on the line and doesn’t leave any wiggle room for excuses or fudging. 

The value of making a promise to someone you care about is the clarity it offers.  It’s like a poker game when you decide to go “all in.”  With a promise, you’re all in.  You have some real skin in the game, so to speak.  Your integrity is on the line and you’re now accountable to somebody else … somebody you really, truly care about. 

So go ahead Tiger.  Make a promise to your mother today.  That will provide some much-needed clarity about what you will and won’t do in the future.  As the Nike ad says:  Just Do It!

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