"Make A Promise Day" — May 4th

May The Fourth Be With You!

Matthew Cossolotto, Creator of “Make A Promise Day” and Author of The Forthcoming Book The Power of Making a Promise, Interviews Author Dallas Teague Snider About Her Promise to Tell Her Personal Story

Cossolotto recently announced his promise to donate 10% of his guest speaking fees to Study Abroad Alumni International to foster study abroad opportunities and global awareness and understanding.

Dallas Teague Snider, Author of The Power to Say Yes!

Matthew Cossolotto, creator of Make A Promise Day, interviewed Dallas Teague Snider, America’s Business Etiquette Coach, about her promise to share her personal story in the form of a book titled The Power To Say Yes. Matthew and Dallas talk about the importance of making a promise in reaching goals and staying on track toward your purpose and your passion in life.

Click on this link to listen to the 18-minute What’s Your Promise? interview: http://youtu.be/BafbQAZ9L_w

More About Dallas Teague Snider Dallas Teague Snider, America’s Business Etiquette Coach is a speaker, author and radio show host. LeadReferrals Consulting and Marketing Services Inc. was established in 1999 as networking, sales and marketing organization based on a strong code of ethics.

After attending the Protocol School of Washington® in 2007, Dallas launched Make Your Best Impression to offer training in the areas of business etiquette, communications, and personal development.  She is a columnist for Birmingham Works Magazine, Collinson Publishing, and has been featured as a guest columnist for America City Business Journals since 2004.

March 2009, Dallas was featured on the cover of Personal Excellence Magazine and quoted in the New York Times. Passionate to help others be their best -self and to eliminate the barriers that impede success, she offers workshops and seminars as well as personal coaching. Dallas’ warm personality and effervescent style will inspire audience members to experience new levels of building sustainable relationships. Dallas is the author of Professionally Polished, Business Etiquette Savvy for Today’s Competitive Market, a contributing author of Executive Etiquette Power, and now co-author of Success Skills for Life- a curriculum for high schools.

Dallas is a proud member of Meeting Professionals International, President- Elect for the American Society of Training and Development (Alabama Chapter), Women of Will, National Speakers Association and has partnered with Sunshine International Camps. Sunshine International Camps provide students from the English speaking world and China an opportunity to engage in a highly interactive, cross-cultural character and leadership development experience.

PEPTalks and a Promise

Cossolotto recently announced that he was making a public promise to donate 10% of his guest speaking fees to Study Abroad Alumni International to foster study abroad opportunities and global awareness and understanding. Cossolotto offers several Personal Empowerment Programs (PEPTalks) to a variety of audiences including schools and colleges, corporations, government agencies, and nonprofits.

Here are the titles of Cossolotto’s top three PEPTalks:

• The Power of Making a Promise: Make A Promise. Keep Your Word. Change Your Life. Transform The World.

• The Joy of Speaking: Turn Stage Fright Into Stage Delight and Speak Your Way to the Peak

• Success Is An Inside Job: Harness Your HabitForce and Reach Your Peak Personal Potential

Why Is Make A Promise Day So Important?

Make A Promise Day is the only unofficial “holiday” dedicated to personal empowerment, goal-achievement and integrity enhancement. To share the power of making a promise with millions of people, Cossolotto conducts What’s Your Promise interviews, gives presentations and is now writing a book called The Power of Making a Promise with a foreword by Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

In his foreword to Cossolotto’s forthcoming book Canfield writes about a promise he made to God when he was a young man. Here’s a short excerpt from Canfield’s foreword:

“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.  I applaud Matthew for collecting and celebrating these uplifting stories about promises made and promises kept.”

John Assaraf, best-selling author of Having It All, wrote this about my “Make A Promise” project: “I agree completely with that there is something uniquely powerful about making a promise that goes beyond traditional goal-setting.”

Here are a few prominent examples of the power of making a promise:

• 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.

• Bill Clinton made a promise to Chelsea that he would watch his diet and take care of his health.

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

• Kody Bateman, founder of Send Out Cards, made a promise to his older brother that led to the creation of this inspirational company.

• NBC’s Al Roker made a promise to his dying father that he would deal with his weight issues.

The Westchester County Executive (New York) issued a proclamation designating May 4th 2011 and each year thereafter to be “Make A Promise Day.” Here’s a link to a short YouTube video I posted about this Proclamation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fXex1ZjpXs.

Leading up to Make A Promise Day, Cossolotto was featured last week on Gail Lynne Goodwin’s popular Inspire Me Today website. Here’s the link to the feature story:

http://www.inspiremetoday.com/archiveDisp.php?type=0&ref=1126.

Also here’s the link to a short version of the “What’s Your Promise?” interview Cossolotto recorded with Goodwin about the life-changing promise she made to her daughter: http://youtu.be/NfsOpV92sB0

Additional “What’s Your Promise? interviews are available on Cossolotto’s YouTube channel: http://www.YouTube.com/ThePodiumProTV.

Finally, to celebrate “Make A Promise Day” 2011, Cossolotto published a new and improved version of his ebook A Promise A Day – 30 Days to a Promising Future. This is a unique collection of personal empowerment promises. Think of it as a Promise Diary. Now available for a nominal amount on Cossolotto’s main website: http://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. 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” and a Former Aide to Congressman Leon Panetta and House Speaker Jim Wright – Praises President Obama for Making and Keeping His Promise to Capture or Kill Osama bin Laden

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – May 9, 2011 – Author and guest speaker Matthew Cossolotto – creator of Make A Promise Day and former aide to Congressman Leon Panetta and House Speaker Jim Wright – today praised President Obama for making and keeping his promise to get Osama bin Laden.

“Too often we’re disappointed by political leaders who break their campaign promises once they’re in office,” said Cossolotto.  “It’s refreshing to see a politician who makes a firm commitment during the campaign and then keeps his word after winning the election.  That’s just what President Obama did with this daring mission that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.  And so I say, ‘Job well done, Mr. President.  A promise well kept.’”

When he was a candidate for president, Barack Obama said on several occasions that he would make it a top priority to capture or kill Osama bin Laden.  Although he didn’t actually use the two magic words — “I Promise” – it was clear on those occasions that Obama was making a firm commitment.

  • In a foreign policy speech in August 2007, Barack Obama said the following:

“I understand that President Musharraf has his own challenges. But let me make this clear. There are terrorists holed up in those mountains who murdered 3,000 Americans. They are plotting to strike again. It was a terrible mistake to fail to act when we had a chance to take out an al Qaeda leadership meeting in 2005. If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will.”

  • At the August 19, 2007, debate among Democratic candidates for president, candidate Obama said:  “I think that, if we have Osama bin Laden in our sights and we’ve exhausted all other options, we should take him out …”
  • Finally, during the second presidential debate (Oct. 7, 2008) with Senator John McCain, candidate Obama made the promise to kill bin Laden explicit:

“What I have said is we’re going encourage democracy in Pakistan, expand our non-military aid to Pakistan so that they have more of a stake in working with us, but insisting that they go after these militants. And if we have Osama bin Laden in our sights and the Pakistani government is unable or unwilling to take them out, then I think that we have to act, and we will take them out. We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al-Qaida. That has to be our biggest national security priority.”

In his White House speech on May 1, 2011, announcing the success of our commando mission against bin Laden, President Obama explained that “shortly after taking office” he ordered CIA Director Leon Panetta to make the capture or killing of Osama bin Laden “the top priority of our war against al Queda.”

“It’s clear from this brief recounting of the history,” Cossolotto said, “that candidate Obama made a specific promise on several occasions regarding bin Laden and that he took steps shortly after taking office to make good on that promise.  And of course the world now knows that President Obama kept his promise by ordering the courageous and expertly executed commando assault on bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.  This is an uplifting story of a solemn promise made and kept on the part of President Obama.  And by the way, as a former aide to Congressman Leon Panetta I also want to say how proud I am of Leon’s skill and leadership in bringing justice to bin Laden.”

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!

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.

Cossolotto says his mission is to share the power of making a promise with millions of people around the world.  He’s make strides toward that long-term mission.

The Westchester County Executive (New York) issued a proclamation designating May 4th 2011 and each year thereafter to be “Make A Promise Day.”  Here’s a link to a short YouTube video Cossolotto posted about this Proclamation.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fXex1ZjpXs.    To read more about the Proclamation, click here (http://wp.me/pSLX3-6W) and read this article on Patch.com (http://pelham.patch.com/articles/may-4-official-unofficial-make-a-promise-day).

Leading up to the second annual “Make A Promise Day” on May 4, 2011, Cossolotto was featured on Gail Lynne Goodwin’s popular Inspire Me Today website.  Here’s the link to the feature story: http://www.inspiremetoday.com/archiveDisp.php?type=0&ref=1126.  Also here’s the link to a short version of the “What’s Your Promise?” interview Cossolotto recorded with Goodwin about the life-changing promise she made to her daughter:  http://youtu.be/NfsOpV92sB0

To celebrate “Make A Promise Day” 2011, Cossolotto published an ebook called A Promise A Day – 30 Days to a Promising Future.  This is a unique collection of personal empowerment promises.  Think of it as a Promise Diary.  Now available for a nominal amount on Cossolotto’s main website:  http://www.ThePodiumPro.com

In praising President Obama for keeping his promise, Cossolotto urges people to extend the spirit of “Make A Promise Day” and harness the power of making a promise on other days with special meaning – birthdays, Memorial Day, Valentine’s Day, wedding anniversaries, graduation day, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, even Independence Day.

“On Independence Day,” Cossolotto suggests, “why not make a patriotic promise and commit to doing something positive for your country.  At a minimum, people could promise to vote on Independence Day.  On Memorial Day, why not make a promise to do something tangible to honor the men and women who have died in service to our country.”

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.
    • Entertainer Danny Thomas made a promise to build a shrine to St. Jude.  That promise led to the establishment of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
    • 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.
    •  Kody Bateman, founder of Send Out Cards, made a promise to his older brother that led to the creation of this inspirational company.
    •  NBC’s Al Roker made a promise to his dying father that he would deal with his weight issues.

Cossolotto invites people to submit short summaries of their true promise stories 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 (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 gift items are available for convenient online purchase by visiting Matthew’s Zazzle store: www.Zazzle.com/TheCoz

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This Mother’s Day … Say Those Two Magic Words To Your Mother – “I Promise”

Matthew Cossolotto – Creator of “Make A Promise Day” – Says We Should Start A New Tradition and Make Heartfelt Promises to Our Mothers, Urges Young People To Make A Promise Against Drunk Driving

Cossolotto made a promise to his dying mother and now his mission is to share the power of making a promise with millions of people around the world:  Make A Promise. Keep Your Word. Change Your Life. Transform The World.

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – May 7, 2011 – Matthew Cossolotto – creator of Make A Promise Day and former aide to Congressman Leon Panetta and House Speaker Jim Wright – says we should make a heartfelt promise to our mothers on Mother’s Day.

“This Mother’s Day,” Cossolotto suggests, “start a new tradition and give your mother flowers and a promise.  Promise her you’ll do something you know will make her happy and proud of you.  That will make for a very special Mother’s Day.  For instance, young people should promise their mothers they will not drink and drive and that they will never allow their friends to drive under the influence.  They could also promise never to text and drive.  Promises like that will have real meaning to your mother, especially on Mother’s Day.”

In Tony’s honor, hundreds of high school students signed this “I Promise” t-shirt promising not to drink and drive or let friends drive under the influence.

In April, Cossolotto called attention to a moving “I Promise” video and anti-drunk driving campaign in honor of Anthony (Tony) McColl.  McColl was killed tragically on April 16th by a drunk driver on Highway 148 near Luskville, Quebec (Canada).

“This ‘I Promise’ video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzGhT5hweNM) and the ‘Tony’s Promise’ Facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_205770589445576) offer vivid testimony to the power of making a promise,” Cossolotto said.  “It’s an inspiring, healing, heart-centered power that can help turn a terrible tragedy into a positive campaign to save lives and restore hope.  There is something very powerful about publicly declaring ‘I Promise.’ If you say those two magic words to your mother on Mother’s Day, it will mean the world to her.”

Cossolotto with his mother before her cancer diagnosis.

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!

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.

Cossolotto says his mission is to share the power of making a promise with millions of people around the world.

The Westchester County Executive (New York) issued a proclamation designating May 4th 2011 and each year thereafter to be “Make A Promise Day.”  Here’s a link to a short YouTube video Cossolotto posted about this Proclamation.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fXex1ZjpXs.    To read more about the Proclamation, click here (http://wp.me/pSLX3-6W) and read this article on Patch.com (http://pelham.patch.com/articles/may-4-official-unofficial-make-a-promise-day).

Leading up to Make A Promise Day, Cossolotto was featured on Gail Lynne Goodwin’s popular Inspire Me Today website.  Here’s the link to the feature story: http://www.inspiremetoday.com/archiveDisp.php?type=0&ref=1126.  Also here’s the link to a short version of the “What’s Your Promise?” interview Cossolotto recorded with Goodwin about the life-changing promise she made to her daughter:  http://youtu.be/NfsOpV92sB0

To celebrate “Make A Promise Day” 2011, Cossolotto published a new and improved version of his ebook A Promise A Day – 30 Days to a Promising Future.  This is a unique collection of personal empowerment promises.  Think of it as a Promise Diary.  Now available for a nominal amount on Cossolotto’s main website:  http://www.ThePodiumPro.com

In addition to making a promise on Mother’s Day, Cossolotto urges people to extend the spirit of “Make A Promise Day” and harness the power of making a promise on other days with special meaning – birthdays, Memorial Day, Valentine’s Day, wedding anniversaries, graduation day, Father’s Day, even Independence Day.

“The key to reaching a goal or keeping a promise is to commit emotionally to the outcome.  Making a promise on a special day like Mother’s Day, or Father’s Day, increases your emotional connection, your heart connection, to fulfill that particular promise.  Let’s say you want to lose weight, stop smoking, or make a career change.  If you say those two magic words – I Promise – to your mother you’ll dramatically increase your chances of following through.”

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.
    • Entertainer Danny Thomas made a promise to build a shrine to St. Jude.  That promise led to the establishment of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
    • 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.
    •  Kody Bateman, founder of Send Out Cards, made a promise to his older brother that led to the creation of this inspirational company.
    •  NBC’s Al Roker made a promise to his dying father that he would deal with his weight issues.

Cossolotto launched “Make A Promise Network” on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Make-A-Promise-Network/183664501663269?sk=info) and invites people from around the world to join the network and post stories and videos of their promises made and kept.  He also invites people to submit short summaries of their true promise stories 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 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 Advice from Diane DiResta: Make a Promise to Be a Better Public Speaker

Thanks and kudos to my friend, Diane DiResta, public speaking expert and author of Knockout Presentations.  In honor of Make A Promise Day, May 4, 2011, Diane posted a very insightful blog article urging people to make a promise to get better at public speaking.  Just about everybody knows effective public speaking is a critical success skill.  If you want to boost your career, become a better public speaker.  That’s Diane’s message.  I’ve said the same thing for years too.  And now Diane recommends that people should do more than pay lip service to this public speaking goal.  They should make a promise.  I agree!  Turn important goals into heartfelt promises.
Here’s a bit of what Diane wrote.  To read the whole article, visit her blog:

http://diresta.com/knockoutpresentationsblog/?p=687

May 042011

May 4th is Make a Promise Day which was started by Matthew Cossolotto. Why make a promise? Because a promise is more powerful than a goal. Quick! How many New Year’s Resolutions have you already broken? When you promise to be a better public speaker, there is an energy and commitment that drives you to action. My military father taught me to never break a promise. When you gave someone your word, that was sacred.

You may keep your promise to others; but what about yourself? I recently made a promise to give up chocolate for one month. It was hard, but I would never have done it if I hadn’t made a promise. A promise is putting a stake in the ground. It’s drawing a line in the sand. You can become a better public speaker right now and the first step begins with a promise.

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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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Andrea Adams-Miller Embraces Promise Power in Relationships: “Making a Promise to Foster a Healthy Relationship”

Check this out everybody.  My friend, Andrea Adams-Miller, wrote a really nice article about the importance of promises in relationships.  She was kind enough to say that this article was inspired by me and my focus on the power of making a promise.   I thought I would share this article with you and encourage you to visit Andrea’s website:  http://www.sexualitytutor.com.  If you visit her blog on the website you’ll be able to read the entire article below.  Thanks to Andrea for highlighting the power of promises in helping to strengthen relationships.  This is one more area in life where making a promise — saying those two magic words I talk about — I Promise — can make all the difference.  Here’s a portion of the article and some more information about Andrea.  To Your Promise!  Matthew

Making a Promise to Foster a Healthy Relationship

by Andrea Adams-Miller

“The Sexuality Tutor”

This blog is inspired by my friend, Matthew Cossolotto, Creator of “Make A
Promise Day” (http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.com) because I would like all of
you to make a promise to your partner. While Matthew discusses various
financial, moral, and personal decisions when it comes to making a promise,
my challenge to you is focused on your relationship and your partner. As a
relationship consultant, I want you to make a promise to keep the words
“Break Up” and “Divorce” out of your vocabulary. Each time we utter
these words, we add power to them and start imaging our life as somehow
happier if we were alone, rather than deal with the day to day stresses of
maintaining a healthy relationship.

READ MORE:  Visit http://www.sexualitytutor.com (click on BLOG tab)

About Andrea Adams-Miller

Objective:  To interactively educate all persons to achieve advanced knowledge, comprehension, and application of learned skills towards personal excellence and complete sexual health.

The Sexuality Tutor – “A Leading Authority in Healthy Relationships and Healthy Sexuality.” Individual, Couple, & Group Education Sessions // Educational Sexual Health Website // Motivational Keynote Speaker  // Book, Movie, & Product Reviewer // Radio Show Host  & Executive Producer// General Biofeedback Practitioner // Pelvic Region Biofeedback Specialist // Certified Health Education Specialist // Author

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Matthew Cossolotto Releases Heartwarming “What’s Your Promise?” Interview with Best-Selling Author John Assaraf on Second Annual Make A Promise Day, May 4, 2011

Cossolotto also announces a promise on “Make A Promise Day” 2011 – “I Promise to donate 10% of my guest speaking fees to Study Abroad Alumni International to foster study abroad opportunities and global awareness and understanding.”

May 4, 2011 — Matthew Cossolotto, creator of Make A Promise Day and author of HabitForce!, celebrated the second annual Make A Promise Day by releasing his heartwarming What’s Your Promise? interview with best-selling author John Assaraf.

During the interview, Assaraf revealed for the first time a remarkable, life-changing promise he made to God on the day each of his two sons was born.  This is a heartwarming and revealing interview about the power of making a promise.  Listen to an interesting discussion about the idea of starting a new tradition of making promises on the birth of our children. At one point in the interview Assaraf suggests:  “Why not make a promise to a child that’s just been born?”

On several occasions during the interview, Assaraf expresses strong support for Cossolotto’s “Make A Promise” initiative.  At one point, Assaraf asserts:  “We are neurologically wired, I believe, not to break our promises.”  And he also states:  “A promise takes it [goal-setting] to a whole new level.”

Commenting on Cossolotto’s project, toward the end of the interview Assaraf says:  “It’s a great cause and a great mission you’re on.  Good purpose, good mission, good vision attracts good people.”

Here’s the link to the interview as posted on YouTube on Make A Promise Day, May 4, 2011:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYdemF5H1KA&feature=related

PEPTalks and a Promise

Also related to Make A Promise Day, Cossolotto announced that he was making a public promise to donate 10% of his guest speaking fees to Study Abroad Alumni International to foster study abroad opportunities and global awareness and understanding.  Cossolotto offers several Personal Empowerment Programs (PEPTalks) to a variety of audiences including schools and colleges, corporations, government agencies, and nonprofits.  Here are the titles of Cossolotto’s top three PEPTalks:

The Power of Making a Promise: Make A Promise. Keep Your Word. Change Your Life. Transform The World.

The Joy of Speaking: Turn Stage Fright Into Stage Delight and Speak Your Way to the Peak

Success Is An Inside Job:  Harness Your HabitForce and Reach Your Peak Personal Potential

Why Is Make A Promise Day So Important?

Make A Promise Day is the only unofficial “holiday” dedicated to personal empowerment, goal-achievement and integrity enhancement.   To share the power of making a promise with millions of people, Cossolotto conducts What’s Your Promise interviews, gives presentations and is now writing a book called The Power of Making a Promise with a foreword by Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

In his foreword to Cossolotto’s forthcoming book Canfield writes about a promise he made to God when he was a young man.  Here’s a short excerpt from Canfield’s foreword:

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. I applaud Matthew for collecting and celebrating these uplifting stories about promises made and promises kept.

Here are a few prominent examples of the power of making a promise:

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.

Bill Clinton made a promise to Chelsea that he would watch his diet and take care of his health.

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

Kody Bateman, founder of Send Out Cards, made a promise to his older brother that led to the creation of this inspirational company.

• NBC’s Al Roker made a promise to his dying father that he would deal with his weight issues.

The Westchester County Executive (New York) issued a proclamation designating May 4th 2011 and each year thereafter to be “Make A Promise Day.”  Here’s a link to a short YouTube video I posted about this Proclamation.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fXex1ZjpXs.  Read more about the Proclamation HERE.

Leading up to Make A Promise Day, Cossolotto was featured last week on Gail Lynne Goodwin’s popular Inspire Me Today website.  Here’s the link to the feature story: http://www.inspiremetoday.com/archiveDisp.php?type=0&ref=1126.  Also here’s the link to a short version of the “What’s Your Promise?” interview Cossolotto recorded with Goodwin about the life-changing promise she made to her daughter:  http://youtu.be/NfsOpV92sB0

Additional “What’s Your Promise? interviews are available on Cossolotto’s YouTube channel:  http://www.YouTube.com/ThePodiumProTV.

Finally, to celebrate “Make A Promise Day” 2011, Cossolotto published a new and improved version of his ebook A Promise A Day – 30 Days to a Promising Future.  This is a unique collection of personal empowerment promises.  Think of it as a Promise Diary.  Now available for a nominal amount on Cossolotto’s main website:  http://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. 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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The Official “Birth Certificate” of Make A Promise Day in Westchester — Matthew Cossolotto, Creator of Make A Promise Day (May 4th) Releases Long-Form MAPD Proclamation To Dispel Any Doubt or Skepticism

It's Official! Today is Make A Promise Day in Westchester County, New York

For those who may not have been satisfied with the release of my short YouTube video in which I display and read the Make A Promise Day Proclamation issued by Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino — Link to the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fXex1ZjpXs I have decided to release the long-form of the Proclamation.  You could say that this is the official “birth certificate” of Make A Promise Day in Westchester County, New York.   As you can see, it’s official!  The Proclamation is duly signed and dated May 4, 2011.  Today is Make A Promise Day in Westchester County, New York.

The Make A Promise Day movement began last year with the first annual Make A Promise Day on May 4, 2010.  The special day was officially proclaimed with the February 15, 2011, unanimous adoption of a Make A Promise Day resolution by the Yorktown Town Board.

I trust that the release of this official long-form of the Proclamation from the Westchester County Executive will put to rest any lingering doubts or skepticism about the official birth of Make A Promise Day in Westchester County, New York.  My hope is that widespread awareness of this Proclamation will encourage other jurisdictions in New York and around the country (not to mention other countries) to adopt similar proclamations, thereby spreading the concept of Make A Promise Day and the power of making a promise to millions of people around the world.

The birth of Make A Promise Day in Westchester is an important step in my personal mission to share the power of making a promise with millions of people around the world.  Please help me spread the word.  Circulate copies of the Proclamation to authorities in your locality, state/province, and country and ask them to issue similar Proclamations.

Why is Make A Promise Day so important?

Make A Promise Day is the only unofficial “holiday” dedicated to personal empowerment, goal-achievement and integrity enhancement.   To share the power of making a promise with millions of people, I’m writing a book called The Power of Making a Promise with a foreword by Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.  In his foreword Jack writes about a promise he made to God when he was a young man.  Here’s a short excerpt from Jack’s foreword:

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. I applaud Matthew for collecting and celebrating these uplifting stories about promises made and promises kept.

John Assaraf, best-selling author of Having It All, wrote this about my “Make A Promise” project: “I agree completely with that there is something uniquely powerful about making a promise that goes beyond traditional goal-setting.”

Here are a few prominent examples of the power of making a promise:

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.

Bill Clinton made a promise to Chelsea that he would watch his diet and take care of his health.

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

Kody Bateman, founder of Send Out Cards, made a promise to his older brother that led to the creation of this inspirational company.

• NBC’s Al Roker made a promise to his dying father that he would deal with his weight issues.

As a guest speaker, I offer several Personal Empowerment Programs (PEPTalks) to a variety of audiences including schools and colleges, corporations, government agencies, and nonprofits.  Here are the titles of my top three PEPTalks:

The Power of Making a Promise: Make A Promise. Keep Your Word. Change Your Life. Transform The World.

The Joy of Speaking: Turn Stage Fright Into Stage Delight and Speak Your Way to the Peak

Success Is An Inside Job:  Harness Your HabitForce and Reach Your Peak Personal Potential

If you have an uplifting promise story that you’d like to include in my books, presentations, or interviews … please send a short overview of your story to Matthew.Promises@Gmail.com.

For more background information about Make A Promise Day and the power of making a promise … I was featured last week on Gail Lynne Goodwin’s popular Inspire Me Today website.  Here’s the link to the feature story: http://www.inspiremetoday.com/archiveDisp.php?type=0&ref=1126.  Also here’s the link to a short version of the “What’s Your Promise?” interview I recorded with Gail about the life-changing promise she made to her daughter:  http://youtu.be/NfsOpV92sB0.  It’s really an inspirational interview.

Additional “What’s Your Promise? interviews are available on my YouTube channel:  www.YouTube.com/ThePodiumProTV.  Featured promise-makers include Chris Cade, Patti Wood, Stefania Lucchetti, Todd Newton, Roslyn Franken, and Kim Wright.

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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Happy Make A Promise Day — May 4th — May The Fourth Be With You!

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Happy Make A Promise Day!

I’m delighted to share this exciting news with you about the second annual “Make A Promise Day” – May 4th

As you know, I’m the creator of “Make A Promise Day” … the only unofficial “holiday” dedicated to personal empowerment, goal-achievement and integrity enhancement. 

  • I’m writing a book called The Power of Making a Promise with a foreword by Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.  In his foreword Jack writes about a promise he made to God when he was a young man.  Here’s a short excerpt from Jack’s foreword:   

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. I applaud Matthew for collecting and celebrating these uplifting stories about promises made and promises kept.

  • The Westchester County Executive (New York) issued a proclamation designating May 4th 2011 and each year thereafter to be “Make A Promise Day.”  Here’s a link to a short YouTube video I posted about this Proclamation.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fXex1ZjpXs.  Read more about the Proclamation HERE.
  • If you like the idea, please send the Proclamation to authorities in your local area, your state or province, and your national government and encourage them to issue a similar proclamation for next year and beyond.
  • If you have an uplifting promise story that you’d like to include in my books, presentations, or interviews … please send a short overview of your story to Matthew.Promises@Gmail.com.
  • Additional “What’s Your Promise? interviews are available on my YouTube channel:  http://www.YouTube.com/ThePodiumProTV.  Featured promise-makers include Chris Cade, Patti Wood, Stefania Lucchetti, Todd Newton, Roslyn Franken, and Kim Wright.
  • Finally … to celebrate “Make A Promise Day,” I just published a new and improved version of my new ebook called A Promise A Day – 30 Days to a Promising Future.  This is a unique collection of personal empowerment promises.  Think of it as a Promise Diary.  Now available for a nominal amount on my main website:  http://www.ThePodiumPro.com   Here’s the cover:


Last but not least … Please Submit Your Promise Stories: I invite 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

Well …that’s my “Make A Promise Day” greeting and update.

Again, Happy Make A Promise Day — May The Fourth Be With You!

To Your Promise!

Matthew

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Countdown to Make A Promise Day … Westchester County Executive, Robert Astorino, Proclaims May 4th To Be “Make A Promise Day”

Matthew Cossolotto, creator of “Make a Promise Day” (May 4th — May The Fourth Be With You!), welcomes the County Executive’s proclamation establishing May 4th as the “only unofficial ‘holiday’ dedicated to personal empowerment, goal achievement and integrity enhancement.”

 

Astorino’s action follows Yorktown Town Board’s adoption of a similar resolution in February 

April 28, 2011 — Yorktown resident, author, and guest speaker Matthew Cossolotto, creator of “Make A Promise Day,” today applauded the proclamation issued by Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino.  This proclamation follows adoption by the Yorktown Town Board of a similar resolution on February 15, 2011.

“This proclamation by the Westchester County Executive underscores the power and the appeal of this Make A Promise idea,” said Matthew Cossolotto.  “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.  And this builds momentum for other jurisdictions – like New York State and other states – to follow Westchester’s lead.  The more communities and states and countries we have embracing the ‘Make A Promise Day’ idea, the more this positive message about the unique power of making a promise will spread.  My mission is to share the power of making a promise with millions of people around the world.  And by doing so we’ll transform the world one person and one promise at a time.”

Following is the full text of the proclamation:

Office of the County Executive

Westchester County, New York

Proclamation

WHEREAS:  The Town Board of Yorktown, New York, unanimously adopted a resolution on February 15, 2011, proclaiming May 4, 2011 and each year thereafter to be MAKE A PROMISE DAY, and;

WHEREAS:  MAKE A PROMISE DAY is the only unofficial “holiday” dedicated to personal empowerment, goal achievement and integrity enhancement, and;

WHEREAS:  MAKE A PROMISE DAY encourages individuals to turn important goals into heartfelt promises, thereby increasing the probability of reaching those goals, and;

WHEREAS: Celebrating MAKE A PROMISE DAY will have the effect of enhancing accountability, personal responsibility and integrity, and;

The County Executive of Westchester County 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, I, ROBERTASTORINO, COUNTY EXECUTIVE OF WESTCHESTER COUNTY, do hereby proclaim May 4, 2011 and each year thereafter to be MAKE A PROMISE DAY and encourage organizations and individual members of the community to celebrate this very important day in a manner they deem to be suitable and appropriate.

By way of background, Cossolotto 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! can be ordered via Cossolotto’s website: http://www.ThePodiumPro.com.

Cossolotto’s forthcoming book – The Power of Making a Promise – features a foreword by Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. In his foreword to Cossolotto’s book Canfield writes:

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. I applaud Matthew for collecting and celebrating these uplifting stories about promises made and promises kept.

John Assaraf, best-selling author of Having It All, wrote this about Cossolotto’s “Make A Promise” project: “I agree completely with that there is something uniquely powerful about making a promise that goes beyond traditional goal-setting.”

Here are a few prominent examples of the power of making a promise:

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.

Bill Clinton made a promise to Chelsea that he would watch his diet and take care of his health.

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

NBC’s Al Roker made a promise to his dying father that he would deal with his weight issues.

As a guest speaker, Cossolotto offers several Personal Empowerment Programs (PEPTalks) to a variety of audiences including schools and colleges, corporations, government agencies, and nonprofits. Here are the titles of his top three PEPTalks:

The Power of Making a Promise: Make A Promise. Keep Your Word. Change Your Life. Transform The World.

The Joy of Speaking: Turn Stage Fright Into Stage Delight and Speak Your Way to the Peak

Success Is An Inside Job:  Harness Your HabitForce and Reach Your Peak Personal Potential

About Matthew Cossolotto: Creator of “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th), Matthew Cossolotto (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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