If you've worked hard at this you'll find your work is far from over. This is a discipline. If you want to become a professional who posesses his/her own sound, then you need to explore these methods everyday. I personally love exploring time feel. Think about it this. If we liken music to a language then we know it's more important how and where we place our words, than it is the words being said. It's the timing that gives words meaning. Exploring this infinite space creates depth to out phrasing.
Hopefully you've found that:
1. You've started trusting yourself more in different musical situations
2. Increase your sense of phrasing and rhythmic placement
3. Start making the licks you learn more of your own by integrating them into your playing much, much faster than usual.