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.
The first thing you will need to discover is whether you are dealing with a three-phase motor. You may already know this from the application, but another giveaway is that the lead wires of most three-phase motors are single colors, not multiple colors, and usually identified with numbers. If, on the other hand, the motor diameter is less than seven inches and has a terminal board, it is most likely a single-phase motor.