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.
Occasionally, a technician or service person will ask me, "why not just increase the output by increasing the voltage (the current flow) to the motor?" While that may seem logical, increasing the voltage (in effect, creating an overvoltage situation) will not necessarily boost the output of the device. To understand why, you need to become familiar with a physical characteristic called "hysteresis loss."
In our experience, we disassemble, repair and reassemble objects we can see and touch. Our goal is a repair. However, to repair today vehicles, we must expand our understanding beyond things we can touch, see and use wrenches on. We must apply the technician approach to learning, information gathering and analysis.
You should be able to isolate into two groups any leads which have continuity with one another. The starting circuit is likely to isolate to two leads, the running circuit may have two or more leads that show continuity. If the running circuit has more than two leads, you will need to determine how those leads are to be used for voltage or speed changes.