"Make A Promise Day" — May 4th

May The Fourth Be With You!

Run Up To “Make A Promise Day” May 4th: In “What’s Your Promise?” Interview Author and Speaker Patti Wood Reveals Moving Promise She Made to Her Best Friend Before He Passed Away, and the Promise He Made to Her in Return

Edited version of this emotional “What’s Your Promise?” interview posted on YouTube:  http://youtu.be/An7IbxbCuC8

Host Matthew Cossolotto, creator of “Made A Promise Day” (May 4th), welcomes Patti Wood as his guest on “What’s Your Promise,”  the interview program dedicated to sharing real stories from real people about promises made and kept in their lives.  Listen to Patti as she recounts the very moving promise she made to her best friend before he passed away and the promise he made to Patti in return.  It’s an unforgettable story that will touch your heart and could even bring tears to your eyes.

About Patti Wood:  Patti Wood, CSP, holds a B.A. and MA in body language and is a high energy, interactive,  professional speaker,  trainer and media expert on,  body language , lying and deception,  presentation skills, sales, and sales presentations.  She has been on hundreds of TV shows and has been quoted in more than seven hundred publications.  She is also the author of seven books on communication.  For more information, visit www.PattiWood.net.

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-level speechwriter and communications executive at MCI Communications, 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 www.ThePodiumPro.com.

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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

Media Contact:  Matthew Cossolotto

Phone: 914-245-9721

Matthew@ThePodiumPro.com

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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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Westchester NY Author Matthew Cossolotto Calls on President Obama and Other Leaders to Proclaim May 4th “Make A Promise Day” — May The Fourth Be With You!

Media Contact:  Matthew Cossolotto

Phone: 914-245-9721

Matthew@ThePodiumPro.com

 

 

 

 

http://prlog.org/11312837

Feb 18, 2011 – Westchester NY resident, author, and guest speaker Matthew Cossolotto, creator of “Make A Promise Day,” today called on President Obama, the nation’s governors, and other governmental leaders to proclaim May 4th “Make A Promise Day.”

“A promise is like a goal on steroids,” Cossolotto said.  “A promise also combines the positive attributes of hope and change, two concepts that President Obama has warmly embraced.  Now more than ever we need to harness the power of making and keeping promises in this country to turn around our economic situation and to get the country moving again.  Proclaiming every May 4th to be ‘Make A Promise Day’ is an inspiring step in the right direction.  We should bring this positive message to schools, businesses, and government agencies around the country.  That’s exactly what widespread adoption of ‘Make A Promise Day’ will do.  I’m proud that Yorktown was the first jurisdiction to adopt a ‘Make A Promise Day’ resolution. This is only the beginning.  As I’ve said before: Today Yorktown, tomorrow the world!  Now it’s time for President Obama, Governor Cuomo and other leaders to issue similar proclamations.”

Following is the full text of the resolution, which was adopted unanimously by the Yorktown Town Board on February 15, 2011.

MAKE A PROMISE DAY (May 4th) Resolution

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 Town Board of Yorktown 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.

Cossolotto sums up the power of making a promise with these four, mantra-like sentences:  “Make A Promise.  Keep Your Word.  Change Your Life.  Transform The World.”  He launched a motivational program on Twitter called “A Promise A Day:  30 Days to a Promising Future.”  People can receive the daily tweets by following http://www.twitter.com/makeapromiseday.  The entire 30-day program is also available for purchase on http://www.ThePodiumPro.com.

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 dedication to his mother in HabitForce! reads:

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!

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:

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: Avoid FAILURE Traps, Get on the SUCCESS Track, and Reach Your Peak Personal Potential

About Matthew Cossolotto: About Matthew Cossolotto (aka The Podium Pro): Author. Guest Speaker. Speechwriter. Speech Coach. A former aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman (now CIA Director) Leon Panetta, Matthew Cossolotto 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. He’s the author of a forthcoming book — with a foreword by Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series — about the power of making a promise. Please visit http://www.ThePodiumPro.com, http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.wordpress.com, and http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.com. Follow Matthew and Make A Promise Day on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/makeapromiseday.

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Yorktown, NY, Becomes First Jurisdiction to Proclaim May 4th “Make A Promise Day”

Media Contact:  Matthew Cossolotto

Phone: 914-245-9721

Matthew@ThePodiumPro.com

 

 

 

 

http://prlog.org/11305930

Yorktown resident, author, and guest speaker Matthew Cossolotto, creator of “Make A Promise Day,” today applauded the Yorktown Town Board for adopting a resolution designating May 4, 2011 and every year thereafter to be “Make A Promise Day.”

“This is a very big step forward,” Cossolotto said. “Yorktown is the first jurisdiction to adopt a ‘Make A Promise Day’ resolution. But I hope and expect this is only the beginning. I want to thank the Yorktown Board for supporting this very positive and inspiring initiative. Now I’d like to see Westchester County adopt a similar resolution, along with New York State and other communities and states around the country. But the power of making a promise need not be restricted to the U.S. I hope other countries will adopt similar resolutions. My attitude is: Today Yorktown, tomorrow the world! So I encourage supporters of ‘Make A Promise Day’ to ask their local, state, and national authorities to adopt a similar ‘Make A Promise Day’ resolution.”

Following is the full text of the resolution, which was adopted unanimously by the Yorktown Town Board on February 15, 2011.

MAKE A PROMISE DAY Resolution

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 Town Board of Yorktown 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.

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 dedication to his mother in HabitForce! reads:

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!

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:

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: Avoid FAILURE Traps, Get on the SUCCESS Track, and Reach Your Peak Personal Potential

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 www.ThePodiumPro.com, www.MakeAPromiseDay.wordpress.com, and www.MakeAPromiseDay.com.   Follow Matthew and Make A Promise Day on Twitter: www.twitter.com/makeapromiseday.

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Yorktown, NY, Becomes First Jurisdiction to Proclaim May 4th “Make A Promise Day”

Media Contact:  Matthew Cossolotto

Phone: 914-245-9721

Matthew@ThePodiumPro.com

http://prlog.org/11305930

Yorktown, NY, Becomes First Jurisdiction to Proclaim May 4th “Make A Promise Day”

Matthew Cossolotto, Yorktown resident and creator of “Make a Promise Day” (May 4th — May The Fourth Be With You!), applauds Yorktown Town Board for adopting this resolution and expresses hope that other jurisdictions will follow Yorktown’s lead.

Feb 16, 2011 — Yorktown resident, author, and guest speaker Matthew Cossolotto, creator of “Make A Promise Day,” today applauded the Yorktown Town Board for adopting a resolution designating May 4, 2011 and every year thereafter to be “Make A Promise Day.”

“This is a very big step forward,” Cossolotto said. “Yorktown is the first jurisdiction to adopt a ‘Make A Promise Day’ resolution. But I hope and expect this is only the beginning. I want to thank the Yorktown Board for supporting this very positive and inspiring initiative. Now I’d like to see Westchester County adopt a similar resolution, along with New York State and other communities and states around the country. But the power of making a promise need not be restricted to the U.S. I hope other countries will adopt similar resolutions. My attitude is: Today Yorktown, tomorrow the world! So I encourage supporters of ‘Make A Promise Day’ to ask their local, state, and national authorities to adopt a similar ‘Make A Promise Day’ resolution.”

Following is the full text of the resolution, which was adopted unanimously by the Yorktown Town Board on February 15, 2011.

MAKE A PROMISE DAY

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 Town Board of Yorktown 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.

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 dedication to his mother in HabitForce! reads:

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!

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:

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: Avoid FAILURE Traps, Get on the SUCCESS Track, and Reach Your Peak Personal Potential

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 www.ThePodiumPro.com, www.MakeAPromiseDay.wordpress.com, and www.MakeAPromiseDay.com.   Follow Matthew and Make A Promise Day on Twitter: www.twitter.com/makeapromiseday.


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Matthew Cossolotto’s “A Promise A Day” Program Launched on Twitter January 1, 2011: 30 Days to a Promising Future

Happy New Year everybody!  I’m really excited about starting off 2011 by launching this brand new “A Promise A Day” program.  The timing couldn’t be better.  The idea is to start off the new year with a 30-day program of positive, Personal Empowerment Promises (PEPs) to help all of us (myself included) build momentum toward a terrific, successful, prosperous year in 2011 … and beyond.

In case you missed them, I’m pasting below the first five promises of the year … the first five promises in the 30-day program.  For the moment, I’m calling this “A Promise A Day:  30 Days to Promising Future.”  But I’m considering another title for the program:  “A Promise A Day: 30 Promises That Could Change Your Life.”  At some point soon I’ll decide which title I want to give this exciting program.  If you have any thoughts about which of those two titles you prefer – or if you have another suggestion completely — please leave a comment or send me an email.  I’d really like to hear what others think.

I launched the program on Twitter (follow www.twitter.com/makeapromiseday) in part because I liked the idea of keeping each of these promises very short.  Twitter requires you to stick to the 140 character limit.  There are pros and cons to such short posts – or Tweets.  I also wanted people to be sure to focus on and savor each promise in turn … and not be tempted to move on quickly to the next promise in the sequence.  So these promises will be unveiled one at a time on Twitter.  I’m going to post them in batches of five on my blog to help people who miss the Tweets as they appear come up to speed quickly.

During the course of the 30-day program I will offer some additional words of explanation and when the program is completed I plan to compile the set of 30 promises into a short publication with a bit more explanation about how to make the most effective use of this powerful collection of 30 promises.

As you’ll see, several of the 30 promises come from Christian Larson’s remarkable collection of promises that became known as the Optimist Creed (www.optimist.org).  And just to give you a heads up, later in the program there is a group of 10 promises that spell out the 10-letter acronym “SUCCESSFUL.”  I’ll be highlighting those 10 promises in my forthcoming books and other publications, in various videos, presentations and workshops.  Sometimes I refer to this as my “Top Ten list of Promises for a SUCCESSFUL Life.”

What should you do with each promise in the program?  For starters, read it to yourself several times.  Think about it.  Repeat it out loud. Write it down a few times as well. Writing it 10 times is good habit to get into.  After the 30-day program you can go back over the collection of 30 promises and consider which ones you want to incorporate into your daily routine going forward.

The idea is to get into the habit of repeating a number of these Personal Empowerment Promises on a daily basis … in the morning and at night just before bed.  Select those promises that resonate most with you.  However, I encourage you to retain all ten of the promises in the SUCCESSFUL acronym as your core group of promises going forward.  Then add several additional promises from the collection of 30.  You can certainly include all 30 promises as part of your daily practice.  You’ll be able to read all 30 to yourself and out loud several times a day in just a few minutes.

All of these suggested promises are really positive affirmations that have that extra power of the word “promise” behind them. Making a promise … using those two magic words “I Promise” … creates a stronger heart-connection than traditional affirmations or even goals.  As I frequently say, a promise is like a goal on steroids.  A promise has emotional “stickiness” that has staying power over time.

As Jack Canfield (co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series: www.JackCanfield.com) writes in the foreword to my forthcoming book about the power of making a promise:  “With a promise your heart and emotions are fully engaged.  Because of this, a promise is what I call a personal empowerment ‘twofer.’  It combines The Power of Intention with The Law of Attraction.  And that is a very powerful combination indeed.”

And John Assaraf (www.JohnAssaraf.com) best-selling author of Having I All, wrote this about my Make A Promise project:  “I agree completely with [Matthew] 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 made a promise to Nelson Mandela that she would build a school for girls in South Africa.
  • Al Roker made a promise to his dying father that he would lose weight.

Christian Larson appreciated almost a hundred years ago the importance of stating positive affirmations in the form of a series of promises.  I’m continuing and expanding that Larsonian insight, enshrined as it is in the Optimist Creed, with this 30-day program.  Think of these 30 Personal Empowerment Promises as mini-PEP Talks you can use every day to keep yourself in a positive frame of mind, heading in the right direction this month, this year, and in the years to come.

Personal empowerment is the gift that keeps on giving … for a lifetime.  This “A Promise A Day” program of 30 Personal Empowerment Promises is my New Year’s gift to you.  Please feel free to share these promises with your friends, relatives, and colleagues.

To Your Promise!

Matthew

Matthew Cossolotto’s “A Promise A Day Program:  30 Days to a Promising Future”

(First five Personal Empowerment Promises appear below)

January 1, 2011 — Promise #1:  I promise … To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. (From Christian Larson)

January 2, 2011 — Promise #2:  I promise … To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person I meet. (From Christian Larson)

January 3, 2011 – Promise #3:  I promise. . . To savor every moment of life, appreciating that time is my most precious, non-renewable resource.

January 4, 2011 – Promise #4:  I promise … To be the change I want to see in the world.

January 5, 2011 – Promise #5:  I promise …To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best. (From Christian Larson)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Todd Newton

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

About Matthew Cossolotto Author

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

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Matthew talks with Brian Tracy about Make A Promise Day

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

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

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“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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