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8 Tips to Keeping Your Cool Under Pressure From NBA Finals Pros

Whether you compete in marathons or triathlons, race in 10Ks or 2-mile swims, these tips from LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant and other NBA stars will help you come up big when the stakes are highest.

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Exude Confidence – Mario Chalmers, G, Miami Heat

You’d be hard pressed to find even a casual sports fan who doesn’t know about the “Big Three” stars on the Miami Heat (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh), but these NBA Finals have seen some other players step up in the most crucial moments. For the Heat, point guard Mario Chalmers has used his unshakeable confidence to come up huge in some of the series’ biggest spots. With so many stars on the team, here’s how Chalmers explains how he has the confidence to have the ball in his hands with the game on the line:

“My confidence is never shaken. I’m always ready to go, any time, any place. A lot of people said I wouldn’t make it [to the NBA] and that’s been my motivation my whole life. Now I’m here and I don’t want to have any regrets.”

When Dwyane Wade was asked to comment on Mario’s belief in himself, he had this to say:

“Mario is a special breed in the sense of, like I joked around yesterday, Mario probably thinks he’s the best player on this team. He probably does. He really thinks that. He has the mentality that, you know, it’s the, quote unquote, Big Three, but I’m here, too.”

Have a Positive Frame of Mind – Chris Bosh, F, Miami Heat

One of the biggest compliments an athlete can be paid is to be described as being clutch. Being clutch is essentially the ability to come through under pressure. Can you hit the game winning shot? Can you get the game ending strikeout? Can you come from behind with a strong kick to win a race? It sounds simple, but the ability to do any of these things starts between your own ears. To Chris Bosh, the ability to have ice water in your veins comes down to one simple thing:

“It’s all what you believe in. It’s only a frame of mind. To step up and make big shots, you have to believe in yourself.”

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