Next time you get dealt Aces or Kings, play the hand with no expectations and be prepared for the worst. This doesn’t mean you should be negative, but your expectation should match reality. You are going to win with Aces only 80% most of the time. So every 5th time you are going to lose, and the Poker Gods don’t distribute that evenly. Very often players miss that and when you win the entire pot, which is 100%, you are actually running over EV, as only 80% of the pot belongs to you and you begin to apply that same expectation next time.
The same applies for deep runs. People keep looking at the first prize money, already picturing how they are going to score big. Even imaging how they are going to spend all that money. Once you’ve laid that expectation in your mind, any other result will only be a let down and your focus will wane. One of my secrets of playing without pressure on final tables is that I never know how much money I can win. Most of the payout structures are the same and once you feel confident in ICM spots, you should do the same. The benefit of playing without any pressure is very beneficial for your game, and makes it much easier to recover from an early bust out. It’s ok to know pay jumps with 2 or 3 tables to go, but on the final table, every bust out means you hit a new pay jump. You don’t need to know the numbers. If it something you are super conscious and afraid of, you may be playing too high of stakes.