If you are confused by me saying that the current flows from positive to negative, that just happens to be a historical convention. People like Benjamin Franklin, who helped figure out the mystery of electricity back in the 18th century, believed it was a flow of positive charges, so it flowed from positive to negative. We call this idea conventional current and still use it to this day in things like Fleming Left-Hand Rule.
You will need to use the ohmmeter as an ohmeter and not as a continuity checker for the next step in the procedure. You will want to use the lowest ohm scale your meter offers, as the typical winding resistance in motors such as these is less than 100 ohms. If the motor is a permanent split-capacitor motor, you are going to be looking for common and speed taps of the winding.
In addition, note that the common lead in this type of motor is usually white or purple. If there are additional leads in the run widing group, continue to use the ohmmeter to test the now-identified common and additional leads. Descending resistance will give you ascending speeds.
As you might suspect, when you reverse the current in an alternating current motor, it takes time for those atoms to get going in the opposite direction. And the amount of time is not necessarily the same as the time it took to get the herd moving properly in the first place.