"Make A Promise Day" — May 4th

May The Fourth Be With You!

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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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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March Forward! On His Mother’s Birthday, “Make A Promise Day” Creator Matthew Cossolotto Appeals To “Promise Angels” For Help in Five Main Areas

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March Forward! Matthew Cossolotto’s mother would have been 90 years old today. Cossolotto made a promise to his mother on her deathbed. He kept that promise and created “Make A Promise Day” on May 4th to share the power of promises with millions.

PRLog (Press Release)Mar 01, 2011 – Author and guest speaker Matthew Cossolotto, creator of “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th — May The Fourth Be With You!), today used the occasion of what would have been his mother’s 90th birthday to appeal for help from what he referred to as “Promise Angel” supporters and investors.

“When I made that fateful promise to my mother on her deathbed,” Cossolotto said, “I knew failure was not an option.  I’m proud I kept my promise.  But now the promise is growing.  I made a public promise on Norm Lapalme’s Million Dollar Idea radio show that I would establish Make A Promise Day worldwide as a recognized day of celebration and that I would spread the amazing power of making a promise to millions of people around the world.  Now I’m asking for help.  I’m calling for reinforcements from ‘Promise Angels’ everywhere.  And I can’t think of a better time to make this appeal for help than on mom’s birthday.  Today, on March 1, 2011, mom would have been 90 years old.  And every March 1st I like to encourage myself and others to March Forward.  It’s in that spirit that I make my appeal for help today.”

Cossolotto asked supporters of “Make A Promise Day” and the Make A Promise movement generally for help in five main areas:

1)  Submit your inspiring promise stories. Cossolotto is collecting uplifting stories for use in his forthcoming books and presentations about the power of making a promise.  If you have a true story about a promise made and kept that you’d like to share with the world, please send a brief overview of the story to: matthew.promises@gmail.com.   Cossolotto will schedule follow-up interviews to get more details if necessary.

2)  Help spread the word to jurisdictions across the U.S. and around the world about “Make A Promise Day.” Encourage your 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 on February 15, 2011.  Here is the text of the resolution adopted in Yorktown that can be adapted by jurisdictions elsewhere:

MAKE A PROMISE DAY PROCLAMATION

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

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

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

Whereas, the Town Board recognizes the value of highlighting the power of making and keeping promises on the part of local students, teachers, community organizations, businesses and political leaders;

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

3)  Invite Cossolotto to speak to your organization, school, college, corporation, or event about “The Power of Making a Promise.” Cossolotto also offers other Personal Empowerment Programs – or PEPTalks – including “The Joy of Speaking” and “SUCCESS Is An Inside Job.”  Contact Cossolotto to arrange for an unforgettable and inspiring presentation:  StandingO@ThePodiumPro.com.

4)  Show support by purchasing Cossolotto’s new mini ePub “A Promise A Day – 30 Days to a Promising Future.” First launched as a series of short messages on Twitter, this new collection of Personal Empowerment Promises (PEPs) is now available for a nominal investment of $4.95 by visiting: http://www.ThePodiumPro.com.

5)  Provide direct financial support for the “Make A Promise” movement. Cossolotto is asking supporters to become “Promise Angel” investors.  Send an email to: Matthew.Promises@Gmail.com if you’d like to make an investment, donation, or loan to support this exciting project.

Cossolotto’s forthcoming book – I Promise! The Two Magic Words That Could Change Your Life and Transform The World – 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:

•   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.
•   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.

Summing up his make a promise message, Cossolotto uses the following four sentences which he refers to as Matthew’s Mantra:  Make A Promise.  Keep Your Word.  Change Your Life.  Transform The World.

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

 

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