Louisa Zerbe

Playing Through

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With a Masters Degree in sports psychology, experience coaching at the university level, several years spent running her own business and eight years in the financial industry, Louisa is able to provide her clients with knowledge and coaching so they can make well informed decisions when it comes to their financial portfolio. Louisa is an avid sports enthusiast and, while her knees don’t let her take part in action on the basketball court anymore, she loves to take her dog Sydney (who also has bad knees) for runs on the beach every evening.

Involvement in sports, both as an athlete and as a coach, has taught me many life lessons.

In my younger days as a basketball player, the game continued even when I made a mistake! If I wanted to stay in the game, I had to learn to refocus on the game, not to dwell on or even react to the mistake. This “playing through” my mistake kept me “IN” the game.

It was after the game had been played that I took responsibility for the mistake, often replaying the highlight reel to learn where I went wrong, with the intention of not making the same mistake in the next game.

Today, my participation in sports is as a fan – especially of hockey (our Canucks) and football (our Lions). I immediately recognize when one of the players has taken himself out of the game by reacting to a mistake he or a team mate has made. I also recognize when a player has played through his mistake as was the case when Travis Lulay, our Lion’s quarterback, threw an interception and was the first one down the field to tackle the player who intercepted his pass.

That play, two years ago against the Edmonton Eskimos, became the rallying call of the 2011 Lions. To a man, the Lions played through their mistakes for the remainder of the 2011 season. They went from a team with six straight losses to winning the Grey Cup at BC Place.

Unhappily, in this 2013 season I do not see that same commitment. Over the past few games, I’ve seen players reacting to mistakes and allowing the game to pass them by.

Sports is a microcosm of daily life – we all make mistakes and we all, hopefully, learn from our mistakes. Playing through a mistake is the start of the learning process. To recognize and focus on the mistake in the calm of retrospection will allow us to plan for a different action in a similar circumstance.

Life’s activities (in my case especially sports) provide us with endless learning opportunities. Do you have any lessons you have learned that you would like to share?


Louisa Zerbe
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  1. When painting with watercolours the most valuable lesson you can learn is to quit while you’re ahead. Watercolours are transparent and if you keep trying to “work” a painting it will inevitably become muddy. Once the watercolourist has learned when to put the brush down, she/he will have more successful completions then before. That lesson can easily be converted to a “right” and “wrong” debate. Make your point and move on – rehashing your point of view over and over will turn a relationship into mud.

    • Evelyn, thank you for your comment. Quit while you are ahead would be a valuable life lesson and yes would very much teach one to “leave well enough alone.

      I see a very handsome friend in your photo. What is your pup’s name? Louisa

  2. In golf, if you’re playing slow you can allow the golfers behind you to “play through” This is helpful because some players are not at quick or as skilled as others and they can sort themselves out on the course as the game moves from hole to hole. It has increased my enjoyment of the game to be able to allow “play through”

    • Hi Judi, have you read the book “Life is like the game of golf”?

      Thanks for your comments, Louisa

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