I tend to think that Archer was really deep down an explorer at heart who learned a great lesson and was tempered by his experiences with the Xindi.
I think, given the chance at being an Admiral or commanding a warp seven ship that he would have jumped at the latter and put his career on hold for at least another 5 years. Archer would relish the chance to explore the parts of the galaxy that only a warp seven ship could provide.
TREK IS TREK. WHATEVER THE TIMELINE!
The next TV Series should be called STARFLEET!