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: “There's a huge difference between having goal for yourself and setting a promise to yourself or to somebody else. So I definitely would agree with you.”
Commenting on Cossolotto’s project, toward the end of the interview Assaraf says: “It’
Here’s the link to the interview as posted on YouTube on Make A Promise Day, May 4, 2011: http://www.youtube.com/
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”
John Assaraf, best-selling author of Having It All, wrote this about my “Make A Promise” project: “I agree completely with that there is something uniquely powerful about making a promise that goes beyond traditional goal-setting.”
Here are a few prominent examples of the power of making a promise:
• Nancy Brinker, author of Promise Me and founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, promised her sister and breast cancer victim Suzy that she would help find a cure.
• Bill Clinton made a promise to Chelsea that he would watch his diet and take care of his health.
• Oprah Winfrey made a promise to Nelson Mandela that she would build a school for girls in South Africa.
• Kody Bateman, founder of Send Out Cards, made a promise to his older brother that led to the creation of this inspirational company.
• NBC’s Al Roker made a promise to his dying father that he would deal with his weight issues.
The Westchester County Executive (New York) issued a proclamation designating May 4th 2011 and each year thereafter to be “Make A Promise Day.” Here’s a link to a short YouTube video I posted about this Proclamation. www.youtube.com/
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/
Additional “What’s Your Promise? interviews are available on Cossolotto’s YouTube channel: http://www.YouTube.com/
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
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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”–