Oh god, here come the "whiskey and deadlifts" memes
I genuinely hold a negative view regarding human nature in general, but it’s fundamentally based on the idea of the absence of true altruism in humans rather than in being fundamentally evil. Ultimately, I don’t think most humans are evil: simply self-interested. They will do what is in their best interest, and sometimes that results in evil, but rarely is there a human that is evil purely for the sake of evil. Even those we consider fundamentally evil, in many cases, when analyzed objectively, demonstrate motives that are far more aligned in self-interest than purely for the sake of evilness. The movie villain is just that; a trope, not reality. I bring this up because, when it comes to psyching ourselves up, we must BECOME evil, and in doing so we are exhausting a finite resource; our CAPACITY for evil.
Machiavelli spoke about the necessity to be able to do evil when fortune demands it, and in our case, we are called upon to be evil in that moment before we attempt a big lift. At least, those that have ever really and truly psyched themselves up understand what I’m talking about. It’s not about blasting heavy metal into earbuds until you develop tinnitus, it’s not about slapping yourself in the face and swearing, it’s not about hyperventilating; it’s about finding that dark place inside of you. It’s about digging way down deep into your psyche, into total blackness, where hate, rage, wrath and primordial evil malinger and fester; a place you’re ashamed to admit that you have but you know where to find when you need it. We dig deep into this well to find hidden strength, and when we do the world goes black, we get tunnel vision, language n longer functions and, in most cases, we enter a fugue so strong that we don’t even realize the lift is over until we’re walking off the platform. But really, unless you’re psychotic, just how many times do you think you can REALLY do this in your life?
And if you ARE psychotic, your answer still doesn't matter, because you probably won't live long
How many times do you think you can REALLY hate a barbell? How many times do you think you can honestly will a deadlift to lockout? Or legitimately believe that there is a car on top of a child and the only way to move it is to squat it off? Eventually, your well of evil is going to run dry. Eventually, you’ll dig deep and come up empty. All that hate you built up getting stuck in traffic, all the rage from being crapped on by your boss, all those evil feelings…you used them all up. You go to find evil, and you come back with absurdity. This is ridiculous; we’re getting angry at a barbell? There are far more significant things going on in the world, and we’re trying to get spun up about a deadlift? And at that point, you’ve lost it. You’ve lost your ability to get psyched up, because you lost your ability to be evil.
This is why we must limit how often we try to get psyched up; in doing so, we make the effect far more potent. If you save up your evil until you really need to dig deep, it will be there, and it will be abundant, and the effect will be immense. If you’re psyching up for a set of band pull aparts, you’ll be running on fumes when the big game shows up. In addition, the one who is sparing their psyche up will reach their evil faster, as it is much closer to the surface. Those who are constantly going back to the well will take longer and longer to draw out the evil. This is why those folks that are always getting psyched up in training have rituals that take FOREVER. They have to hit their favorite song, clap their hands the right amount of times, walk around the bar in a circle, etc etc, because they’re trying their hardest to generate that evil inside of them. What if warm-ups get screwed up, and suddenly they’re on deck? What if they start their ritual too early, and a snag happens that makes the event run late, and suddenly the peak too early? They disadvantage themselves by getting psyched up too often, because it’s not practice; it’s depletion.
This isn't WoW. You aren't practicing mining gold; you're strip-mining
I legitimately find myself on the opposite end of the problem. I psyche myself up so rarely that, while recovering from surgery and unable to really lift anything heavy, I found evil spilling out of me. I found myself exploding in rages with little provocation, escalating situations needlessly, erupting in minor traffic inconveniences, because my well was full. Additionally, when I choose to tap into the evil for a competition, my performance is significantly enhanced, by I am monumentally emotionally exhausted at the end of my effort. I rapidly transition from calm to enraged, enter a frenzied state, perform, and then, despite being physically fine, I find myself exhausted and spent. But, ultimately, I would far prefer this be TOO effective and be exhausted than be fine after the fact because I failed to really achieve anything when I dug deep.
You probably aren’t evil. You’re probably a nice person. So quit trying to be evil so frequently, and save it for when you REALLY need it.