Visualization Technique – The Snapshot Technique

When visualizing a desire in your mind, there are among others 2 techniques that I rely on most to get the best results. The first is the action sequence visualization where you visualize yourself in an ongoing movie having and achieving your goals. The second is the snapshot technique which is where you see a series of pictures in your mind, as if you were flicking through a one page photo album. The snapshot technique is a very simple but effective visualization technique because it requires only 30 seconds of your time and only a small amount of focus because with each snapshot comes a change in focus and as your subconscious mind only understands pictures and feelings, this technique is as good as any other.

First of all you need a goal with which to focus on so if you haven’t already, get a sheet of paper and write down your desires. Remember to be honest with yourself about what you want. If you need more money to pay your bills then visualize precisely that, or if you wish to get a promotion at work then focus only on that. Wanting to be a millionaire just for the sake of being rich will be extremely difficult for you to become emotionally connected to because you have no goal, no purpose for it. Therefore, because of the lack of connection to that desire it won’t be long before you give up on it. So look at your life and ask yourself this question, “What do I need to make my life better than it currently is?” Or this question, “What do I need to do in order to live a better life?” List your answers on a piece of paper or notebook.

Next, take one of your goals and concentrate on it. Close your eyes and begin to feel the feeling of having it right now. Make that feeling real. At first it will be difficult to fake it but nevertheless, keep going until the feeling starts to feel real. Then flash images of you having already achieved your goal through your mind one by one as if you are flicking through a photo album. When each picture is suspended there in your mind’s eye, feel the surge of emotions like joy, achievement and happiness, then flick to the next picture which should be closely related to the first. These pictures could be a sequence of pictures leading up to the completion of a goal or they can be pictures showing you living with having completed your goal.

Always remember, to feel the emotions that will set your subconscious mind in motion!

College Writing – Between Research and Outline – The Five Ps of Snapshot Text

I’m sure you know about the ‘Thesis Statement,” we all learn that one in Middle School. Thesis Statement is one kind of Snapshot Text, but by no means the ONLY one. Choosing a firm, usable snapshot will make the structuring and final writing much more efficient.

1 – Promise Snapshot

An article that is intended to give information, like this one for instance, would use a Promise. One intention of the Promise is to let the casual reader know quickly if it holds something of particular use. Another is to reference the assignment given and show how the information fulfills it.

The Promise Snapshot is usually a single sentence that gives a specific promise of what will be found- for instance, a recipe, a checklist or links to useful web sites. It would be placed in an introductory first paragraph that described the usefulness of the information. It might, in some cases, be preceded or followed by a statement of the author’s ‘credentials’ or background as an expert.

2 – Process Snapshot

Like the Promise, the Process Snapshot generally heads up an informational piece. It describes exactly what process will follow. For instance:

“5 steps to bone a duck” or “Step-by-step manicure”

In an academic setting this Snapshot might be used in a description of research method or experimental procedure. With some small adaptation, it would lead well to a timeline approach.

3 – Pinpoint Snapshot

This rather academic introductory paragraph describes the area of research undertaken. It should also Pinpoint the tighter research question, or research focus. Specific research sources should not be referenced here, unless an illustrative quote opens the paragraph. It needs no particular author credentials since the expertise of the sources is relied on for the piece.

Make very sure that your Pinpoint answers the requirements of the assignment!

4 – Position Snapshot

This is the Thesis Statement from Middle School. Use it to take a stand in a debate/discussion. Be obvious:

“The City Council should…” or “This essay will demonstrate that…”

It is preceded by a survey of the topic, often including a ‘nod’ to the dissenting argument. However, MORE important, it is followed by a preview of the argument/examples to follow.

5 – Placard Snapshot

Think of this like a ‘Headline’ or ‘Teaser’ or ‘Hook’. Unlike the other types, this is the first sentence or two of the piece. Its purpose is to entice a reader to continue. It might be a question, a quotation, an interesting fact or statistic

One of the other types of Snapshots might follow it or not.

A Placard should be used with caution in any academic writing other than a persuasive essay assignment. There, it would be a good start if followed by the Position Snapshot later in the introduction.

Once you have designed your snapshot, take a minute or two. Would your audience [instructor/general public/friends/whoever] want to read THAT article or paper? Will it satisfy the assignment? Does it strike the appropriate level of academic formality? Do you have the research or knowledge to back it up?

Is that the piece you want to write?

If you can answer ‘yes’ to most or all of those questions you are ready to go!

SQL Server Snapshot – How it Works

SQL Servers have been growing in business exponentially since they were created in the 1970’s. First created by IBM in San Jose, California, SQL did not become a standard computer language until the mid-1980s. Since that time, during its growth, there have been many upgrades and changes to the SQL relational database management systems, one such upgrade is the SQL server snapshot.

A SQL server snapshot is essentially what it sounds like, it is a snapshot of the system that is stored and used as a primary system. When a snapshot occurs, the information is stored in the main drive and then further information created after the snapshot occurs is stored in a new data is stored in what is called a sparse file. A snapshot creates a backup of the system at that time, and uses 90% less drive space than backing up the system does. This information is stored for as long as the user requires it, and can be dropped when no longer needed.

The purposes of a SQL server snapshot vary depending on the needs of the user. In some cases, it is used simply to back up the system without having to use so much drive space during the working day. In other situations, it is created when data is perceived as “ideal” and any new data needs to be compared to the data that was previously acquired. This information can be stored indefinitely and new snapshots can be created at any point to continue tracking specific data. When saving the user should simply take the name of the data and add a time stamp to it. This will ensure that there is no confusion when accessing the information as to what its purpose is.

When a SQL server snapshot is dropped, the new information and the previous information join to form a completely new set of information. The information from the snapshot is no longer available and cannot be referenced for projects or projections. When the decision is made to drop it, it is vital that the project manager or user understands that it will become irretrievable.

While some business may never drop a SQL server snapshot, others may find that they simply want to test their data against studies that may have been conducted or to simply experiment with different ways of looking at their data. Once the information is retrieved the SQL snapshot is dropped in favor of new testing, or they return to their regular data consumption. Companies that track long-term data may never drop a snapshot, and the SQL servers are designed to function either way.