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Cossolotto, a former aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman Leon Panetta, 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. The Town Board in Yorktown, New York, unanimously adopted a resolution on February 15, 2011, proclaiming May 4th to be “Make A Promise Day.” Cossolotto is also 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 real 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
John Assaraf, best-selling author of Having It All, wrote this about Cossolotto’s “Make A Promise” project: “I have spoken with Matthew about his project related to The Power of Making a Promise. He told me about ‘Make A Promise Day‘ and his mission to highlight what he calls those two magic words: ‘I Promise.’ I agree completely with him that there is something uniquely powerful about making a promise that goes beyond traditional goal-setting… Put simply, Matthew’s project is very promising indeed!” http://www.JohnAssaraf.com
Todd Newton, popular TV host, author and life coach, wrote: “I look forward to supporting your “Make A Promise Day” in May and being part of this great campaign as it grows, and grows, and grows.” http://www.ToddNewtonLive.com
Author and publisher Rick Frishman wrote this about “Make A Promise Day” last year: "Happy ‘Make A Promise Day’ everybody! I really like Matthew's idea. The power of making a promise to someone you care about really can change your life. Great work Matthew ... May The Fourth Be With You!" http://www.RickFrishman.com
Cossolotto is asking supporters to spread the word about “Make A Promise Day” to jurisdictions across the U.S. and around the world. He asks people to urge appropriate authorities in their 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.
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 also invites people around the world to submit short summaries of their moving 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.