“This Father’s Day,” Cossolotto suggests, “start a new tradition and give your Dad a gift he'll cherish forever. Promise him you’ll do something you know will make him proud of you. Doing so will make for a very special and memorable Father's Day for both father and child. For instance, I urge young people to follow the example of Tony's Promise (see below) and promise their fathers they will never drink and drive or allow friends to do so. They could also promise never to text and drive. Promises like that will have real meaning to your Dad, and they will be especially empowering to you if you make the promise on Father's Day.”
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/
Cossolotto also cited the Kirk Smalley example. Smalley made a promise to his 11-year-old stepson, Ty Field, on Father’s Day 2010, after Field committed suicide as a result of being bullied for months at school.
Following this terrible tragedy, Smalley made a promise to do everything he could to stop bullying. Smalley has spoken to more than 30,000 students at 50 schools in his home state of Oklahoma. Smalley was also invited to participate in the White House Conference on Preventing Bullying.
“Kirk Smalley’s promise to his stepson demonstrates how powerful a promise can be, especially on a special day like Father's Day,” said Cossolotto. “The promise becomes a powerful motivator for people to keep going even when times are tough. A promise like the one Kirk Smalley made comes directly from the heart and this heart-connection distinguishes a promise from a typical goal or objective. This is why I urge people to turn important goals into heartfelt promises. A promise is like a goal on steroids.”
This proposed new Father's Day tradition is similar to the proposal Cossolotto made for Mother's Day in May. It's all part of his campaign to share the power of making a promise with millions of people worldwide.
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! (also available on http://www.ThePodiumPro.com.)
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.
Following similar action by the Yorktown Town Board in New York, the Westchester County Executive, Robert Astorino, 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/
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Leading up to Make A Promise Day 2011, Cossolotto was featured on Gail Lynne Goodwin’s popular Inspire Me Today website. Here’s the link to the feature story: http://www.inspiremetoday.com/
To celebrate “Make A Promise Day” 2011, Cossolotto published a new ebook titled "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 investment on Cossolotto’s main website -- http://www.ThePodiumPro.com -- Cossolotto says the ebook is a great gift idea for just about any special occasion, including Father's Day.
In addition to making a promise on Father’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, even Independence Day.
“The key to reaching a goal or keeping a promise is to really put your heart into it. Commit emotionally to the outcome. Making a promise on a special day like 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, quit drinking, or write a book. If you say those two magic words – I Promise – to your father, your mother, your spouse or child -- you’ll dramatically increase your chances of following through.”
To underscore the power of making a promise, Cossolotto cites several high-profile examples:
o Oprah Winfrey made a promise to Nelson Mandela that she would build a school for girls in South Africa.
o 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.
o 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.
o 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.
o Kody Bateman, founder of Send Out Cards, made a promise to his older brother that led to the creation of this inspirational company.
o 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/
Visit http://www.MakeAPromiseDay.wordpress.com for updates. Matthew's Mantra: Make A Promise. Keep Your Word. Change Your Life. Transform The World.
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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”–