"Make A Promise Day" — May 4th

May The Fourth Be With You!

Guest Speaker Matthew Cossolotto, Author of HabitForce! and Creator of “Make A Promise Day,” Speaks About “The Power of Making a Promise” To The Eastchester, NY, Rotary Club

Highlighting the promise he made to his dying mother, Cossolotto declares “A promise is like a goal on steroids” and quotes John Assaraf — “We’re neurologically wired not to break our promises.”

Matthew’s Mantra:  Make A Promise.  Keep Your Word.  Change Your Life. Transform The World.

Yorktown Heights, NY – July 21, 2011 – Author and guest speaker Matthew Cossolotto (aka The Podium Pro) spoke to the Eastchester, NY, Rotary Club yesterday about “The Power of Making a Promise.”  Cossolotto is the creator of “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th), which has been officially proclaimed by the Yorktown, NY, Town Board and the Westchester County Executive.  (See Proclamation links below.)

Author of HabitForce! and All The World’s A Podium, Cossolotto is a former aide to U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman Leon Panetta (now Secretary of Defense).  He’s 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.

Here are some of the highlights of Cossolotto’s remarks to the Eastchester Rotary.

  • Cossolotto began by describing the promise he made 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.  His mother looked up at him, smiled brightly with determination, and said: “You do that, Matthew.  You do that.”  The resulting book, complete with Cossolotto’s dedication to his mother, is HabitForce! (signed copies available on http://www.ThePodiumPro.com.)
  • “A promise is like a goal on steroids,” Cossolotto said.  “Whether you want to lose weight, stop smoking, or write a book, if you say those two magic words – I Promise – you’ll make a much stronger emotional commitment to the outcome than if you simply make a goal, a commitment, an intention, or a New Year’s resolution.  You should turn important goals into heartfelt promises because a promise is much more powerful.  You’re more accountable and a promise helps you put your heart into it.  If you also anchor a promise made to someone you care about to a special day of the year – Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, your own birthday – you’ll increase your level of emotional commitment to the outcome.“
  • Cossolotto recounted a heartwarming promise made by best-selling author John Assaraf.  In an interview for Cossolotto’s forthcoming book, Assaraf revealed for the first time a moving promise he made to God on the day each of his two sons was born.  In effect, he expressed gratitude to God for taking care of his sons in the womb and then he made a solemn promise to God that he would take care of his sons from now on the best way he could.

Cossolotto also quoted Assaraf as follows:  “We are neurologically wired not to break our promises.”  Assaraf and    Cossolotto also discussed 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?”

Read more about Cossolotto’s interview with John Assaraf by clicking on this link:  http://wp.me/pSLX3-7w.  Here’s the link to an edited version of Cossolotto’s interview the John Assaraf as posted on YouTube on Make A Promise Day, May 4, 2011: http://youtu.be/LYdemF5H1KA.

  • Marshall Sylver – Host of “Get Rich Radio” – Takes The Promise Challenge.  Cossolotto described the very public promise made by Marshall Sylver, host of Get Rich Radio http://www.getrichradio.com, during Cossolotto’s interview on July 13, 2011.  Sylver promised his audience that he would lose 55 pounds by October 12, 2011.  He also promised if he didn’t get his weight down to 195 pounds or less, he would give $5,000 to the first caller to his radio show that day who asks about his weight.
  • Tony’s Promise.  Cossolotto recounted the story of Tony’s Promise.  Tragically, 19-year-old Tony McColl was killed on April 16th by a drunk driver in Canada.  Tony’s friends and family created a moving “I Promise” video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzGhT5hweNM) and “Tony’s Promise” Facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_205770589445576).  Cossolotto said that the example of “Tony’s Promise” offers vivid testimony to the power of making a promise as a way to turn tragedy into a positive campaign to save lives and restore hope.  Inspired by Tony’s Promise, Cossolotto urged young people to make a promise not to drink and drive to their mothers on Mother’s Day and to their fathers on Father’s Day.

To underscore the power of making a promise, Cossolotto often 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.

Just before “Make A Promise Day,” Cossolotto was featured as an “Inspirational Luminary? 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 an edited 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 titled A Promise A Day – 30 Days to a Promising Future.  This is a unique collection of 30 personal empowerment promises including the potentially life-changing “Top Ten Promises for a SUCCESSFUL Life.”  Here’s a short video of Cossolotto announcing the publication of A Promise A Day. (http://youtu.be/tXEeMIlRTb4)  This powerful ebook is now available for a nominal investment on Cossolotto’s main website:  http://www.ThePodiumPro.com  

As a guest speaker, Cossolotto offers a lineup of programs for various audiencescolleges, associations, community organizations, nonprofits, and corporations.  He calls his presentations Personal Empowerment Programs … or PEPTalks.   Customized for each audiences, 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.

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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Listen to My “Make A Promise” Interview with Laurie Gerber on Handel Group Radio

My interview is now available.  Click on this link (also see link below).  My segment lasts less than 15 minutes I guess.  Laurie Gerber does a great job.  She’s a big fan of the power of making promises.  She refers to it as “a tool everyone has to combat fear and get into action.”  She’s so right!  Laurie also said making promises is her favorite topic and she was kind enough to say that I am “always inspiring” in talking about this topic.  Laurie talked on air about one promise she made to get into action and get past her fears.  She promised that she would take at least one risk every day, do something that took her outside her comfort zone.  She made that a promise and it has helped her succeed in business as a life coach and radio host.  Here’s to your promise Laurie!

During my segment (which begins at about the halfway point in the hour-long show) we covered a wide range of topics including:

  • Make A Promise Day on May 4th.  Laurie gets a big kick out of “May The Fourth Be With You!”
  • The Power of Making a Promise generally
  • The promise I made to my mother on her deathbed
  • My book HabitForce! (available on www.ThePodiumPro.com) and the habits of SUCCESS and FAILURE.  We talked about the FAILURE Trap of “Finger Pointing” (the F in FAILURE) and the need to Recognize, Reject & Replace it with “Shoulder Responsibility” (the first S in SUCCESS).
  • My “What’s Your Promise?” interview with John Assaraf (http://youtu.be/LYdemF5H1KA) in which he discusses the promise he made to God on the birth of his first (and second) son.  Also see my blog post for more details (http://wp.me/pSLX3-7w)
  • The idea of a new “birthday” tradition or ritual to make a promise to take care of newborn children.
  • My new ebook A Promise A Day (available on www.ThePodiumPro.com) and one promise from the ebook that I recommend for everybody:  “I Promise … to be the change I want to see in the world.”

All in all, a very good interview.  Fast-paced, entertaining.  Many thanks to Laurie for inviting me back on her show to talk about the power of making promises.  Always a delight to speak with Laurie Gerber and listen to the Handel Group Radio Show.

Again, here’s the link to my interview with Laurie Gerber.  Enjoy!  http://archives.warpradio.com/ltrn/HandelRadio/051112.mp3

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

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

http://www.inspiremetoday.com/luminaryblog/2011/04/make-it-make-a-promise-day-in-your-town

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

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

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

 

Today’s Brilliance from Matthew Cossolotto

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

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

Turn important goals into heartfelt promises!

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

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

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

READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Make A Promise Day Background

Cossolotto, a former aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman (now CIA Director) Leon Panetta, knows about the power of making a promise from personal experience. He made a promise to his mother on her deathbed that he would finish writing a book he had been discussing with her, get it published, and dedicate it to her memory. The resulting book, complete with Cossolotto’s dedication to his mother, is HabitForce! How to Kick the Habits of FAILURE and Adopt the Habits of SUCCESS.

Motivated by that firsthand experience, Cossolotto launched the first annual “Make A Promise Day” last May 4th as part of his ongoing mission to share the power of making a promise with millions of people around the world. He’s writing a book about the power of making a promise with a foreword by Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. The book includes stories about people who have made and kept important promises in their lives.

Here is a brief excerpt from Jack Canfield’s foreword to Cossolotto’s forthcoming book:

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

“When Matthew first told me about the heartfelt promise he made to his mother and that he was launching a special day called “Make A Promise Day” on May 4th, I was hooked. You could say he had me at “I promise.”… Contributing the foreword to this book and being associated with Matthew’s inspiring “Make-A-Promise” project is totally aligned with my life’s purpose.”  http://www.JackCanfield.com  

On February 15, 2011, the Yorktown, NY, town board became the first jurisdiction to adopt a resolution proclaiming May 4th to be “Make A Promise Day.” (See press release for details: http://prlog.org/11305930.)

To underscore the power of making a promise, Cossolotto cites several high-profile examples:

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

• Nancy Brinker, author of Promise Me and founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, promised her sister and breast cancer victim Suzy that she would help find a cure.

• Before his daughter’s wedding, former president Bill Clinton made a promise to Chelsea that he would watch his diet and take care of his health.

Cossolotto invites people around the world to submit short summaries of their uplifting true stories of promises made and promises kept for possible inclusion in forthcoming books, presentations, and interviews. Send a few sentences describing your promise to: Matthew.Promises@Gmail.com.

About Gail Lynne Goodwin and Inspire Me Today

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

About Matthew Cossolotto: Creator of “Make A Promise Day” (May 4th), Matthew Cossolotto (aka “The Podium Pro”) is an author, guest speaker, CEO-level speechwriter, and speech coach. A former aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman Leon Panetta, Matthew also served as a CEO speechwriter at MCI, Pepsi-Cola International, and GTE. The author of HabitForce! and All The World’s A Podium, he’s working on a new book with a foreword by Jack Canfield about the power of making a promise. Matthew brings his Personal Empowerment Programs — “PEPTalks”– to colleges, associations, and corporations. Visit http://www.ThePodiumPro.com; http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.com; http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.wordpress.com; Follow Matthew and “Make A Promise Day” on Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/MakeAPromiseDay.  “Make A Promise Day” greeting cards and other exciting gift items are available for convenient online purchase by visiting Matthew’s Zazzle store: www.Zazzle.com/TheCoz.

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Matthew Cossolotto, Creator of Make A Promise Day and Author of the forthcoming book The Power of Make a Promise (with a foreword by Jack Canfield), conducts What’s Your Promise? interview with attorney Kim Wright about her two-part promise: to transform the legal system and create a world at peace.

Kim Wright www.CuttingEdgeLaw.com

In 2009 Kim was named as one of the American Bar Association’s 50 “Legal Rebels … finding new ways to practice law, represent their clients, adjudicate cases, and train the next generation of lawyers.”

Kim’s “Impossible” Promise.   Part One:  “I promise a legal system transformed by 2010 where lawyers are peacemakers, problem-solvers and healers of conflicts being agents of transformation with their clients;”  Part Two:  “By 2012 I promise a world at peace where all people are realize their interconnectedness and honor conflict as an opportunity for transformation.”

Listen to Matthew’s What’s Your Promise interview with Kim Wright, founder of www.CuttingEdgeLaw.com.

http://www.youtube.com/my_videos_annotate?v=mSZ4WaZT2Cs

Make A Promise Day Background

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.

Motivated by that firsthand experience, Cossolotto launched the first annual “Make A Promise Day” last May 4th as part of his ongoing mission to share the power of making a promise with millions of people around the world. He’s writing a book about the power of making a promise with a foreword by Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. The book includes stories about people who have made and kept important promises in their lives.

Here is a brief excerpt from Jack Canfield’s foreword to Cossolotto’s forthcoming book:

When Matthew first told me about the heartfelt promise he made to his mother and that he was launching a special day called “Make A Promise Day” on May 4th, I was hooked. You could say he had me at “I promise.”… Contributing the foreword to this book and being associated with Matthew’s inspiring “Make-A-Promise” project is totally aligned with my life’s purpose. http://www.JackCanfield.com  

On February 15, 2011, the Yorktown, NY, town board became the first jurisdiction to adopt a resolution proclaiming May 4th to be “Make A Promise Day.” (See press release for details: http://prlog.org/11305930.)

To underscore the power of making a promise, Cossolotto cites several high-profile examples:

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

• Nancy Brinker, author of Promise Me and founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, promised her sister and breast cancer victim Suzy that she would help find a cure.

• Before his daughter’s wedding, former president Bill Clinton made a promise to Chelsea that he would watch his diet and take care of his health.

Cossolotto invites people around the world to submit short summaries of their uplifting true stories of promises made and promises kept for possible inclusion in forthcoming books, presentations, and interviews. Send a few sentences describing your promise to: Matthew.Promises@Gmail.com.

About 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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Countdown to Make A Promise Day (May 4th)… Matthew Cossolotto Highlights Oral Lee Brown’s Promise to Send 23 First Graders to College

Countdown to Make A Promise Day (May 4th) … Matthew Cossolotto talks about the power of making a promise and describes the audacious promise that Oral Lee Brown made to send 23 first graders to college. She wrote about her promise in the book The Promise.

http://youtu.be/6tBACqUfRHE

Make A Promise Day Background

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.

Motivated by that firsthand experience, Cossolotto launched the first annual “Make A Promise Day” last May 4th as part of his ongoing mission to share the power of making a promise with millions of people around the world. He’s writing a book about the power of making a promise with a foreword by Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. The book includes stories about people who have made and kept important promises in their lives.

Here is a brief excerpt from Jack Canfield’s foreword to Cossolotto’s forthcoming book:

When Matthew first told me about the heartfelt promise he made to his mother and that he was launching a special day called “Make A Promise Day” on May 4th, I was hooked. You could say he had me at “I promise.”… Contributing the foreword to this book and being associated with Matthew’s inspiring “Make-A-Promise” project is totally aligned with my life’s purpose. http://www.JackCanfield.com  

On February 15, 2011, the Yorktown, NY, town board became the first jurisdiction to adopt a resolution proclaiming May 4th to be “Make A Promise Day.” (See press release for details: http://prlog.org/11305930.)

To underscore the power of making a promise, Cossolotto cites several high-profile examples:

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

• Nancy Brinker, author of Promise Me and founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, promised her sister and breast cancer victim Suzy that she would help find a cure.

• Before his daughter’s wedding, former president Bill Clinton made a promise to Chelsea that he would watch his diet and take care of his health.

Cossolotto invites people around the world to submit short summaries of their uplifting true stories of promises made and promises kept for possible inclusion in forthcoming books, presentations, and interviews. Send a few sentences describing your promise to: Matthew.Promises@Gmail.com.

About 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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