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Let's Start A New Mother’s Day Tradition -- Make A Heartfelt Promise to Your Mother Today!
Matthew Cossolotto – Creator of “Make A Promise Day” and author of A Promise A Day – says we should use those two magic words on Mother's Day: I Promise. He urges young people to make a Mother's Day promise against drunk driving.
By: Matthew Cossolotto, The Podium Pro
“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 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 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. And he's making progress toward that long-term vision.
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/
To read more about the Proclamation, click here (http://wp.me/
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 amount on Cossolotto’s main website -- http://www.ThePodiumPro.com -- Cossolotto says the ebook is a great gift idea for just about any special occasion.
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 – Father's Day, 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 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, quit drinking, or write a book. If you say those two magic words – I Promise – to your mother, your father, 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/
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”–