"Make A Promise Day" — May 4th

May The Fourth Be With You!

Matthew Cossolotto, Creator of “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th – May The Fourth Be With You!), Featured Today as “Inspirational Luminary” on Popular Website www.InspireMeToday.com

Sample “Make A Promise Day” resolution – modeled after the resolution adopted by the Yorktown (New York) Town Board – also posted on the InspireMeToday.com website.


Members of the “Inspire Me Today” community will be able to download a complimentary copy of Cossolotto’s “Top 10 Promises for a SUCCESSFUL Life.”

April 27, 2011 – Yorktown Heights, NY — Matthew Cossolotto, creator of “Make A Promise Day (May 4th) and author of the forthcoming book The Power of Making a Promise, announced that he is being featured today as an “Inspirational Luminary” on the popular www.InspireMeToday.com website created by author and speaker Gail Lynn Goodwin.

Here’s an excerpt from Cossolotto’s “Today’s Brilliance” article that is being spotlighted today on http://www.InspireMeToday.com:


Today’s Brilliance from Matthew Cossolotto

Today’s Quote:  A promise is like a goal on steroids. Make a promise. Keep your word. Change your life. Transform the world. ~ Matthew Cossolotto

If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I’d want to pass along to others…

Turn important goals into heartfelt promises!

Some years ago, when I was thinking about writing a book about the seven habits of SUCCESS and FAILURE, I shared many of my ideas with my mother, Virginia Hope Butler. I explained the concepts and how I thought this book would provide a guide for people who felt stuck, disempowered, and unable to make positive changes. She encouraged me to complete the book.

The book was still unwritten when my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. As her conditioned worsened, I decided to promise to her that I would finish the book, get it published, and dedicate it to her memory. We both fought back tears. I could see in her eyes that this promise meant a great deal to her. She smiled brightly despite the pain she was in and said: “You do that, Matthew. You do that.”

I’m proud to say I kept my promise. The resulting book, complete with a dedication to my mother’s memory, is HabitForce!


Previous “Inspirational Luminaries” have included bestselling authors and successful speakers such as:

  • Jack Canfield (co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series)
  • Laura Day (bestselling author of How to Rule the World from Your Couch)
  • Janet Bray Attwood, (bestselling author of The Passion Test)
  • Peggy McColl (bestselling author of Viral Explosions and Your Destiny Switch)

In an email to the extensive InspireMeToday.com community, Gail Lynne Goodwin included a special gift from Matthew Cossolotto:  A link to download Cossolotto’s brand new “The Top 10 Promises for a SUCCESSFUL Life.”   This document is an excerpt from Cossolotto’s newly published “A Promise A Day” ebook (available online by visiting http://www.ThePodiumPro.com).  In this new eBook, Cossolotto provides 30 personal empowerment promises (PEPs).  He says there’s “a pep talk in every promise.”

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

Also included in Goodwin’s email to InspireMeToday.com subscribers is a link to her interview as a guest on Cossolotto’s program called “What’s Your Promise?”  Here’s the link to that uplifting interview in which Goodwin talks about the life-changing promise she made to her daughter, along with this profound promise she made to herself:  “Never say no to an idea just because I don’t know how I’m going to make it happen.”

Click on this link to listen to Gail Lynne Goodwin’s “What’s Your Promise?” interview:   http://youtu.be/NfsOpV92sB0

Make A Promise Day Background

Cossolotto, a former aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman (now CIA Director) Leon Panetta, 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:

  Make A Promise Day Creator Matthew Cossolotto (right) with Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Canfield is contributing the foreword to Cossolotto’s forthcoming book The Power of Making a Promise.

“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 Gail Lynne Goodwin and Inspire Me Today

Gail Lynne Goodwin is the founder of InspireMeToday.com, bringing the best inspiration to the world. With members in more than 120 countries, InspireMeToday.com provides free inspiration — each day from a new Inspirational Luminary. Gail has interviewed many well-known names including Sir Richard Branson, Guy Laliberte, Seth Godin, Tony Hseih, Gary Vaynerchuk, Michael Gerber, Marci Shimoff, Jack Canfield and hundreds more.  Prior to InspireMeToday.com, Gail spent several years as manager for her recording artist daughter, Carly, as a result of the success of their co-penned song, Baby Come Back Home. Gail accompanied her daughter to bases in the US and to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where Carly performed for our troops. Gail and Carly created the ‘World’s Longest Letter’ of love and support and delivered the 18-mile long scroll on a month-long tour of Iraq and the Persian Gulf in 2006.  Gail is a published author and a regular writer for the Huffington Post. She offers mentoring and mastermind services to clients worldwide from her home in Whitefish, Montana.  Visit www.InspireMeToday.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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