How to Make a Mole Hill out of a Mountain


Have you ever heard the saying “don’t make a mountain out of a mole hill“?

It is usually in reference to making a big deal out of something small. I can’t say that I have ever seen a mole hill…do they even make hills? I do get the idea though.

But what about when you already have a mountain in your life? A huge challenge or overwhelming obstacle that is keeping you stuck?

We all have times in our life when a giant mountain of a challenge comes our way. You can either find a way to turn it into a mole hill and manageable, or you can give up. Your choice.

Since we’ve all been dealing with more challenges than usual this year, I thought I would share a few tips on how to turn a mountain (aka a big challenge in your life) into a mole hill (aka something you can manage).

1. Take one step. One tiny action. Yes, you do not have to move the entire mountain at once. All you need to do is one thing that moves you in the right direction. You may not even KNOW the big answer to your challenge, but I bet you can figure out one tiny thing do to next. Do that. And then do the next step and the next. One shovelful at a time, you will move that mountain.

2. Focus on the present moment. In other words, don’t worry about the huge mountain in your path. Just think about and focus on the step you are doing right now. If all you can do is lift one scoop dirt today, then that is all you do. It is never all or nothing. Every little action counts.

3. Give yourself permission to take a break. Sometimes you just need to stop and relax and take a break. The mountain may or may not still be there when you get back (or it might even be bigger), but in order for you to take care of it and those in your life, you need to be at your best. So take a break and recharge your batteries when you need it.

4. Find the humour. Finding something to laugh about in a difficult situation can really make the difference between totally falling apart and figuring out what to do next. Plus, adding a bit of humour and play really does make the day so much more fun. If you can’t laugh, you’ll cry…believe me.

5. Ask for help. When a mountain is really big, there is no way you can move it on your own so ask for help. In the past few months, I’ve seen so many people lend a hand to help out their friends and neighbours, it brings tears to my eyes. If you are really struggling with an obstacle, ask for help. It won’t seem nearly as overwhelming with a team behind you.

There you have it, a few tips to help you turn your big mountain into a tiny mole hill. Stay safe. Be kind to one another and help where you can.

About the Author

Heather WIlsonHeather E. Wilson is the founder and CEO of The Canadian Coach, a directory and membership platform designed to unite, support and promote Canadian coaches. She's a successful business coach, speaker, author (Your Life According to You!), warrior, change-maker, risk-taker, and adventurer all rolled into one dynamic package.