“Steve Jobs, Arianna Huffington, Oprah Winfrey and Reid Hoffman all have one thing in common: “self-reflection,” says Marc Champagne co-founder of Kyō.


Now, I know what you’re thinking: modern life is busy. Days often seem to blend together. Making the time for reflection when we’re living on auto-pilot can be challenging, but developing a daily habit of it can be incredibly rewarding.

Just look at how it’s worked out for Oprah.

Not sure where to begin? Meet Kyō, a personal daily reflection app that helps you cultivate a mindful practice, by supporting you in your journey (and it’s no coincidence that the app’s name, Kyō, means “today” in Japanese).

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Kyō guides you in your self-reflection practice with thought-provoking questions from some of the top performers across many different fields, including Leo Babauta, Om Malik, Kevin Rose and more.

Questions like: “What makes you feel free?” and “What is my intention for today?” have been carefully selected to stimulate introspection. The platform’s ultimate goal is to get you to perform at a higher level in the present (today), so that you can have a greater impact on the world around you.

Kyō not only makes makes it easy to streamline the practice into your daily routine, but it also makes self-reflection accessible according to Kyō Creative Director, Marc Champagne.

Think of it as a mental fitness — just like physical fitness keeps our bodies strong, mental fitness helps maintain good mental health, “Be ok with creating space for your mind,” says Champage. “Create some time to rest.”

Welcoming to everyone

Kyō gets rid of the jargon to bring you a simple tool that helps you get the most out of every day.

While wellness practices like yoga and meditation appeal to a lot of people, including Champagne, the reality is that they’re just not for everyone, “Language like ‘I’m going to nourish your soul,’ just doesn’t resonate with the other 90 percent” he says.

In addition to the app, the Kyō team has also put together “Kyō Conversations”, a series of podcasts, interviewing inspiring guests to keep you inspired.

So, whether you’re running through a chock-full day of meetings in a frenzy or are feeling stuck in life, don’t underestimate the power of self-reflection.

Taking even just a minute a day to press pause can not only help increase your productivity and bring you closer to reaching your goals by increasing your self-awareness, but it helps to relieve stress and can pull you out of a slump.

So now the question is, what are you waiting for to get started?